NBC 10 reports that SEPTA and its unions met for six hours on Monday at the Sheraton Hotel in Center City to try to complete a contract before the transit agency’s workers go on strike.
SEPTA wants a five year contract with bonuses for the first two years and 1%, 2%, and 3% raises for the last three years. Brown also says SEPTA wants increased health care costs and changes to employee pension contributions.
If the two sides do not reach a deal by the end of the week, the total number of SEPTA employees working without a contract would top 5,000.
Three have been twelve separate transit strikes in Philadelphia since 1975. The most recent, lasting a week began in the early hours of Election Day of 2009.
Union leaders say any strike won’t occur until three smaller SEPTA contracts expire later this week.