Transit Strike Finally Ends In Philadelphia

11.09.09 | FL News Team

The Philadelphia transit system's largest union is going back to work today following a strike that put the brakes on all bus, subway and trolley service in the city for almost a week. Late Sunday night, it was reported that officials of the Transport Workers Union Local 234 were ready to meet with officials from the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority -- SEPTA -- to sign a contract. This, after the two sides agreed on Friday to a 12-hundred-50-dollar signing bonus for each of five-thousand union drivers and operators, in addition to raises of two-point-five-percent in the contract's second year and three-percent in each remaining year. However, the union then requested a forensic audit of the workers' pension fund, and health-care provisions also became a point of contention. There was no immediate word on what brought about an end to the strike. The transit system, SEPTA, averages more than 928-thousand trips every weekday in the city.