SEPTA, union try to reach agree­ment be­fore dead­line

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - OBITUARIES -

PHILADEL­PHIA >> Ne­go­tia­tors for the city’s tran­sit sys­tem, the na­tion’s sixth­largest, and for 5,700 union­ized work­ers are try­ing to reach agree­ment on a new con­tract be­fore a mid­night Mon­day strike dead­line.

Of­fi­cials say a strike by city bus, trol­ley and sub­way work­ers could be­gin Tues­day if no agree­ment with the South­east­ern Penn­syl­va­nia Trans­porta­tion Author­ity is reached.

The two sides met Satur­day, but the union re­ported no progress on non-eco­nomic is­sues, and talks re­sumed Sun­day, a union rep­re­sen­ta­tive said.

SEPTA said last week that tran­sit of­fi­cials hope agree­ment can be reached but urged all rid­ers to come up with al­ter­na­tive plans should a strike oc­cur, and the com­pany re­leased a con­tin­gency guide to help cus­tomers plan.

A strike would af­fect Philadel­phia bus, trol­ley and sub­way lines but not re­gional rail lines and ser­vice in ar­eas out­side the city. The city sys­tem’s daily week­day rid­er­ship is about 800,000 trips, or about 400,000 peo­ple. More than 60,000 pub­lic, pri­vate and char­ter school stu­dents use the sys­tem to get to and from school.

Union of­fi­cials have said the two sides are di­vided by pen­sion and health care is­sues but also have high­lighted non-eco­nomic is­sues such as sched­ules, break time and driver fa­tigue.

In 2014, union mem­bers rat­i­fied a two-year con­tract that averted a threat­ened walk­out by bus driv­ers, sub­way and trol­ley oper­a­tors, cashiers and me­chan­ics. In 2009, a strike by SEPTA work­ers lasted six days.

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