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Contract squabbles continue for SEPTA, TWU


For the second time this year, the Transport Workers Union Local 234 is threatening to launch a strike against Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA).

The union represents more than 4,600 operators and mechanics in SEPTA’s City Transit Division, and about 190 operators, mechanics and custodians in the Suburban Transit Frontier District. Members have been working without a contract since June 15.

Originally set to expire in March, the contract was extended twice. In April, SEPTA officials said their position on major contract issues would not change. During the past six months, the union has been reluctant to address basic issues, according to an Oct. 2 statement issued by the authority.

Contact Progressive Railroading editorial staff.

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