SEPTA Plans for Midnight Strike

But union source says walkout is unlikely tonight.

UPDATE 1:55 pm: 6ABC says a strike unlikely tonight:

A union source told Action News’ David Henry that despite the skipped bargaining session Friday morning, a transit strike is very unlikely this weekend, and would remain unlikely until contracts with two other unions representing SEPTA workers expire on April 6th.

The source cautioned against reading anything into union negotiators’ absence from Friday morning’s session, Henry reported. The source said union negotiators were simply not prepared for the 9:00 a.m. session after bargaining late into the night Thursday night.

ORIGINAL: Fox 29 reports SEPTA is planning for 4,700 Philadelphia bus drivers, subway and trolley operators and maintenance workers to strike at midnight. Union reps didn’t show up for today’s scheduled talks.

At a news conference held late Friday morning, SEPTA disclosed its contingency plans. In the event of a work stoppage, all city bus, trolley and subway lines will be discontinued. Some suburban buses will have changes.

The Market-Frankford, Broad Street and Broad-Ridge Spur lines will also not run.




A strike would not, however, affect service on the Regional Rail lines.

We at Philly Mag have made our own preparations! Christopher Sawyer has warned that a strike might hurt SEPTA's credibility, while I wrote earlier this month how the union can inconvenience commuters without sacrificing worker solidarity. We're planning on a lot more walking, in any case.

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  • Chris Randolph

    None of the people fighting for their livelihoods give a flying crap what someone at your suburban-oriented, “let’s end the Mummer’s Parade” rag has to say about ‘credibility’ or -for Christ’s sake – union solidarity. Is Philadelphia Magazine unionized? No? Then maybe you’re not the best source of advice on that subject.

    • DTurner

      The fighting against the elimination of two paid holidays is now considered “fighting for their livelihoods”? Give me a break.

      Also, union solidarity is going to be important if TWU ever wants to strike again. Ticked off suburban and city riders will push Harrisburg to make transit strikes illegal.

      • Chris Randolph

        If you had a brain in your head you’d realize that salary and benefits are someone’s livelihood, and when you take away any part of that you’re having someone do the same labor for less compensation. Only in the US are people who aren’t billionaires against working people making a living.

        I don’t know what I expect from Philadelphia mag readers anyway, it’s not for people who actually live in the city.

        • DTurner

          I would rather see an increase in salaries instead of a continued increase in pensions and healthcare benefits that kick the costs for the taxpayer down the road.

          Only in Philly would people believe that keeping generous public benefits and not paying for them is good public policy; it’s easy to see why the city is such a hard sell for business. Everyone apparently wants to engage in an us-vs-them mentality with “the man”. There are far easier places to do business with “working people” who are just as skilled, even in the NE.

    • Air Balloon

      They already have the best benefits and are paid $50,000+ a year. It’s not “livelyhood” as much as it is “how can we suck as much money out of the company that we possibly can?”

      • Chris Randolph

        I see the trolls are out in force today promoting the race to the bottom
        for everyone else. If you don’t like the wages and benefits that union
        members have because you don’t have them then maybe you should join a
        union and fight to get similar wages and benefits from your employer.
        The politics of greed, resentment and hate that you spew here tells me
        that you all are just stupid for no reason.

        • Air Balloon

          Oh don’t give me that stuff. I don’t have a job because I’m not old enough, but when I get older I might as well become a SEPTA driver and make $50,000 a year with a shit ton of benefits and more to come after the daily 4 year strike.

          They already only have to pay a small premium for their health care for their entire family, get free rides, and a pension to die for. I wonder what else they want, to have their butts wiped every time they take a BM?

          • Jane Yavis

            Speaking of free-rides, who’s paying your way? You aren’t even old enough to get a paper route, and you’re telling us how the world should run???
            You aren’t even in high school, and you are this angry,,, Stay in school, ,I’m not so sure any Union would hire you.

          • Air Balloon

            Um, I’m in hs. Still doesn’t mean that I don’t have a pretty good idea of how the world should be ran. Yet I still seem to have a better grasp than most adults I meet who tell me “you’
            ll see why I’m right” when I get older. No, most unions wouldn’t hire me because I’m going to live my life RIGHT so I won’t have any unionized job to begin with.

        • Jane Yavis

          Chris, could not agree with you more. It’s troubling to me that the same people parrot the same sound bites, all day every day. And I will add a media that is scared to death to be called pro-union has done little to report the fully story on any union strikes. That isn’t want sells Papers. Never-ending Headlines like “SEPTA to Strike” sells lot s more than actual information does.

      • James

        maybe if your workplace were unionised you’f have perks like this too. I am surprised they would want more though. I only make $26k a year. Maybe I should be a Septa ticket agent.

        • Air Balloon

          Whatever. they get plenty of benefits. They aren’t getting anything taken from them. Man, it must suck getting free health care, unlimited rides, a decent pension, and $35,000 a year from driving subways and buses.

  • James

    they should have a “rolling strike” so all buses are not affected at the same time. I don’t have a car and rely on the bus to get to my job. I will need to hitchhike or take a taxi now.