Union Head: SEPTA Strike Is Likely

Willie Brown: “We’re prepared for a lengthy strike.”

You might’ve missed this over the weekend. Though its contract expired months ago, the Transit Workers Union that represents most SEPTA workers appears ready to strike and shut down the system.

The Inquirer reported Sunday:

Meanwhile, more than 5,000 bus drivers, subway operators, mechanics, and cashiers represented by TWU Local 234 are working under terms of a contract that expired March 15.

They could walk out at any time, once a strike-authorization vote is taken. That vote is likely “in the very near future,” said TWU president Willie Brown, who predicted that a strike was all but certain.

“Please understand that there is going to be a strike,” Brown said. “I’m still trying to avoid it, but it is almost a matter of ‘when,’ not ‘if.’ “

“We’re prepared for a lengthy strike,” he said.

Better get your walking shoes and car-poolin’ plans ready, then.

Around The Web

Be respectful of our online community and contribute to an engaging conversation. We reserve the right to ban impersonators and remove comments that contain personal attacks, threats, or profanity, or are flat-out offensive. By posting here, you are permitting Philadelphia magazine and Metro Corp. to edit and republish your comment in all media.

  • Michael Popovich

    There are plenty of unemployed that could fill these SEPTA positions. The thousands of minimum wage workers that rely on public transportation to get to and from work and cannot afford a vehicle could do a great job.

    • Joe

      You are dreaming. SEPTA’s Bus, Trolley and Subway operators give up most of their freedom to earn their living. Over 50 % of the people who make it through the hiring screening process; criminal back ground checks, drug tests, physical exam and extensive testing and questioning process; don’t make it through the 3 month training or first years employment. 12 to 14 hour days, forced day off work, dealing with every type of traffic, human and weather problem imaginable these workers deserve our support when they seek cost of living pay increases and fair retirement and health benefits not stupid resentment and derision.

      • Michael Popovich

        SEPTA is in the stone ages. Half of these jobs will completely automated in 10-15 years. I have seen full regional rail train cars get a free ride on the weekend. I’ve gotten on the bus with a pass and the operator doesn’t even look at it. There will be plenty to put towards benefits when the workforce is drastically reduced.

    • antmanhm

      Agreed. …..Septa should get rid of the union and be privatized. The Unions are destroying this country.

  • i Eucalyptus Dixon

    Are you kidding me? How about the riders Go on strike? Such a large portion of this region shouldn’t have to depend on a devil may care company like this.

  • Andrea-Marie Johnson

    Their strike isn’t for more money! It’s for benefits to remain the same. Pension and Healthcare; you would do the same. SEPTA Can do what the City did, All new hires have the less likely package Pension and Healthcare.