SEPTA, Union Report Progress on Talks

Will a transit strike be averted?

6ABC reports: “Talks continue between SEPTA and union officials and both sides are optimistic that a strike will be adverted. The executive board of local 234 met Thursday night to discuss logistics for a possible strike Monday – if a deal with SEPTA can’t get done. Union president Willie Brown emerged from secretive talks around 8:30 p.m., saying a deal is imminent.”

CBS Philly adds: “Union President Willie Brown says wages and healthcare contributions are some of the major points in the new contract, that they are trying to iron out with SEPTA officials. ‘This is the most productive meeting we’ve had since we started negotiating. We are close, we are pretty much agreeing on a possible two year contract. There is no reason why we can’t get this thing done,’ Brown said.”