Avoiding the need for an injunction showdown, SEPTA and the Transport Workers Union have reached a tentative settlement ensuring that public transit will be operational in Philadelphia on election day. The union’s website announced this morning “Tentative Agreement Reached. We are Off Strike.” According to SEPTA:
[T]his agreement is fair to our employees, and to the fare-paying customers and taxpayers who fund SEPTA,” agency Chairman Pat Deon said. “It provides for wage increases, pension improvements, and maintains health care coverage levels while addressing rising costs.
A hearing on SEPTA’s motion to enjoin the strike had been scheduled for this morning. The contract will be put to a membership ratification vote, but trains and buses will be running tomorrow.