SEPTA train drivers, transport and trolley operators, and other movement workers voted unanimously Sunday to sanction a strike, that could take outcome this year or early in 2015.
The voting took place in a outrageous Columbus Boulevard assembly gymnasium packaged with hundreds of SEPTA kinship members.
“There wasn’t a negative in a room,” pronounced Willie Brown, boss of Transport Workers Union Local 234. “Members don’t wish to strike, though they are peaceful to quarrel for what we need.”
Among a adhering points, he said, is a feud between a kinship and government about a distance of grant account contributions.
SEPTA officials pronounced kinship workers done no contributions to their grant account until a late 1990s. Since then, contributions have been negotiated to compensate for increases in grant benefits. Union workers now minister 3.5 percent of their pre-overtime compensate to a grant fund.
Sunday’s opinion certified a strike though did not set a calendar for any intensity work stoppage. Brown pronounced that workers would not strike this week and that a kinship would reevaluate a conditions during a finish of a week after some-more negotiations.
“If we are still as distant detached as we are now, we will have no choice though to strike, though we will see if we can get a small closer,” Brown said.
SEPTA mouthpiece Jerri Williams pronounced a kinship opinion was no surprise. She pronounced SEPTA government remained committed to avoiding any use disruption.
“We’ve had several meetings final week and a week before, and we wish to be means to continue deliberating a issues and to be means to come to an agreement,” she said.
Some of a kinship members wore T-shirts that read: “We can and will strike!”
“We have to stop giving back. It’s only take, take, take,” pronounced Joe Pizzo, a trolley user whose track runs by Southwest Philadelphia.
Negotiations, that have been stranded for some-more than 6 months, are set to resume Tuesday.
TWU Local 234 is a largest of SEPTA’s 17 unions, representing about 5,000 drivers, operators, mechanics, cashiers, and other workers.
Its members have been operative but a agreement given a prior five-year pacts lapsed in Mar and April.
Brown has scheduled a news discussion for Monday to pronounce about negotiations and a impact of a strike vote.
Typically, any agreement TWU Local 234 reaches for a city workers sets a settlement for SEPTA’s 16 other labor contracts.
The TWU final went on strike in 2009, 7 months after a agreement expired.
That warn predawn walkout left thousands of commuters in a surge and drew glow from Mayor Nutter and then-Gov. Ed Rendell. The strike lasted 6 days.
The bottom income for new SEPTA train drivers is $33,887, and drivers with 4 or some-more years of knowledge are paid $55,620 a year.
Including overtime pay, a standard TWU member creates $64,847 a year, SEPTA mouthpiece Williams said.
The hazard of a sum shutdown of a SEPTA complement was averted when Regional Rail workers came to terms this month with SEPTA after 5 years of negotiations.
If bus, subway, and trolley workers strike, commuter rail trains will continue to operate.
Inquirer staff author Tricia Nadolny contributed to this article.