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April 3, 2014

SEPTA’s biggest union may call strike

PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia Daily News reported that a union that represents 5,000 transit workers may call a strike when the last of Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority’s (SEPTA) union contracts expires on Sunday.

Willie Brown, the union president, told the Daily News on Wednesday that he does not want a strike. However, he added that he will not accept SEPTA's initial offer of a five-year contract with no raises during 2014 and 2015, a 6% raise spread over the next three years, increased employee contributions to health care and no pension plan for new hires.

Jerri Williams, a spokeswoman for SEPTA, said in a statement that the transit agency supported "good-faith negotiations" instead of binding arbitration.

The transit agency and the union plan to come to the bargaining table on Thursday. For the full story, click here.

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