SEPTA labor dispute looms

March 5, 2009 5:41:17 PM PST
There could be a strike by Philadelphia bus, subway, and trolley operators in less than two weeks. Talks resume Friday between the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority and its largest union, Transport Workers Union Local 234. The current contract expires March 15.

Union president Willie Brown said Thursday that management has "ignored" the union's demands. SEPTA hasn't made an offer for wages and benefits, but officials have said economic woes will affect the transit agency's ability to meet labor's requests.

The last strike that idled buses, subways and trolleys was a seven-day walkout in 2005. SEPTA's commuter rail service is handled by different unions and would not be halted by a Local 234 strike.


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