Transit Union: SEPTA Can Afford a Settlement

5,000 workers getting ready to walk off the job.

Newsworks reports that transit union head Willie Brown has made his first public statement since negotiations ended March 13th.

“I’m going to work as long as I can until you know, it comes to a point, when there’s no reason to negotiate anymore, then I’ll do what I have to do,” Brown said.

Brown said any strike would not take place until three remaining, smaller contracts expire the first week of April.

“I believe we go out together, we come back together.”

If the two sides do not reach a deal by the first week of April, the total number of SEPTA employees working without a contract would top 5,000.

Brown also said that SEPTA — having received a fresh infusion of funds from the state in a new transit bill — could afford to meet union terms on health insurance and employee pension contributions. SEPTA officials said those funds came earmarked for transportation projects.

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  • disqus_JjYnU5MRNk

    What are Septa’s terms for health insurance and employee pension contributions?

  • matthew brandley

    HEalth ins and pension costs kepp going up you dumb ass! fat ass willie is indeed a dumb ass as the gm has said over and over again the money is for transportation projects as in bridges that are in danger of falling down! Not for his rude lazy ass greedy union workers who fail to live within there means of there paychecks every week

    • valavic

      Willie brown is the devil we all need to pray

  • Northeaster

    Just as I thought, TWU wants to take all the money set aside for infrastructure.

  • Tonie Bee

    Every thing cost more. Septa people join the club of pay more, like all of us.