The union representing the largest group of SEPTA workers voted Sunday to strike, but the work stoppage will not commence immediately.
In a statement released Sunday evening, the Transport Workers Union Local 234 announced that at least 1,500 workers voted at a special strike authorization meeting Sunday afternoon. "Members voted unanimously to authorize union leadership to call a strike at SEPTA if necessary," according to the statement.
Union officials will hold a press conference at 4 p.m. today to discuss their future plans. The union represents about 5,000 workers, which includes bus, train and trolley operators, mechanics and cashiers.
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SEPTA officials stuck to their original statement, which said "The parties continue to meet in negotiations to reach an agreement. ... we have been given no indication that a work stoppage is imminent. A Service Interruption Plan will be release if and when the situation changes."
Union officials point at two main sticking points in negotiations: healthcare premiums and pension compensation. Union workers are refusing to pay 10 percent of their healthcare premiums while management pays 5 percent, and workers don't want their pension capped at $2,500 a month while management has no cap.
The union members have been working under an expired contract since March.