SEPTA strike possible as sides remain ‘far apart’
A crippling transit strike is possible in the Philadelphia region as SEPTA and union officials prepare to resume negotiations Thursday.
The two sides are “far apart” on just about every contract issue, NBC10 reported.
The final of four contracts between SEPTA and Transit Workers Union Local 234, which represents about 5,500 bus drivers, subway, regional rail and trolley operators, mechanics and maintenance workers in Philadelphia and its suburbs, is set to expire at 12:01 a.m. Monday. A group of about 4,700 TWU workers has been without a contract since March 15.
TWU Local 234 President Willie Brown told NBC10 on Wednesday night that the odds of a strike are “very good.”
The union reportedly is seeking binding arbitration, but SEPTA prefers to continue negotiating a new deal.