As the clock strikes 12am Sunday, close to 5,000 SEPTA workers' contracts will vanish. But they won't go on strike. This could put SEPTA in the driver’s seat, labor expert Jim Redeker told the Metro.
“When either side takes that [threat of strike] off the table…the employer feels they can be a little bit more aggressive,” he told the paper.
If the workers did strike, regional rail would not be affected, since those crews are covered by a different contract, Philly.com reported.
The union is asking for six percent yearly raises and a $25 per month hike in pension payments per year of service.
But, the two sides are far from reaching agreements on wages, pensions and subcontracting.
SEPTA workers went on strike back in 2005, which lasted seven days.