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A union representing nearly 5,000 Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) workers yesterday voted to authorize a strike if it's unable to secure a new contract with the agency.The Transportation Workers Union (TWU) Local 234's current contract with SEPTA expires Oct. 31. The union could launch a strike afterward if no new deal is reached.The union represents subway, trolley and bus operators, as well as mechanics, maintenance workers and trade specialists, according to Philly.com.The parties disagree on health care provisions, pensions, wages and downtime between shifts. Negotiations continue to reach a new agreement, SEPTA officials said in an email."While we hope that the union does not exercise its right to strike, we are focusing on reaching a new contract that's in the best interest of our riders, employees and stakeholders," they said.