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5 Quick Facts You Need to Know About the SEPTA Strike

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SEPTA bus (AP Photo/Joseph Kaczmarek)

Many commuters expressed frustration with the SEPTA strike in Philadelphia on Tuesday morning. Here are 5 quick facts you need to know.

1. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) said the strike would affect all subway, buses and trolley routes in Philadelphia. Presently, about 800,000 people are said to rely on the city’s transit system each day.

2. The issues currently under negotiation between SEPTA and the Transit Workers Union Local 234 include pension reform, health care, and wage improvements. The deadlock, though, appears to be over pension payments.

3. As CNN reports,

“In a newsletter posted on its website, the union said: “Since negotiations broke down, the Union has been trying to get SEPTA back to the table to discuss economic issues, such as pension reform, health care and wage improvements.”

“However SEPTA is refusing to present a reasonable economic package. Instead, they are opposed to any and all improvements in our pension, while pushing a hard line on health care concessions, including an inferior health care plan with the option of maintaining our current benefits, but at the cost of over $400 a month for family coverage,” the union said.
4. Despite concerns that the strike will effect voters ability to make it to the polls, SEPTA plans to enjoin the strike for November 8th — should the conflict not be resolved prior to that date — so as to ensure that those who rely on their services are able to vote.
5. According to CNN affiliate WPVI, “TWU Local 234 leader Willie Brown said talks will continue — though the two sides are said to be far apart on the issues.”

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