The question Philly has been asking for a while…..Is SEPTA is going on strike?
SEPTA and its largest union, Local 234 TWU, has come to a tentative agreement on a new contract, avoiding a strike that was geared to start Monday morning. Jamie Horwitz said Friday the union representing 5,000 workers reached a deal for a new 2 year labor contract.
Spokesperson Jamie Horwitz says, “I am very pleased that we were able to come to terms without a strike,” TWU Local 234 President Willie Brown said in the release. “Our members are essential workers who move Philadelphia and who have risked their lives putting their own families at risk during this pandemic.”
The initial planned strike was going to affect buses, trolleys, the subway and elevated train lines in Philadelphia. While the regional rail line would not have been impacted, the other forms of transportation would surely put all working classes and students at a disadvantage with communing from one place to the next, untimely effecting their employment and education.
“We are pleased to reach an agreement with union leadership on a contract that is fair to our employees and financially responsible for SEPTA,” SEPTA Board Chairman Pasquale T. Deon Sr. said in a release Friday morning. “I look forward to the SEPTA Board’s vote on the contract at its next meeting.”
A union ratification vote has been scheduled for Friday, Nov. 5.