The union that represents SEPTA bus, subway and trolley drivers will meet Sunday afternoon to take a strike authorization vote, but sources say they will not call a strike Monday.
Transport Workers Union Local 234 will meet at 3 p.m. to discuss the latest offer from SEPTA management and ask the rank and file for a strike authorization.
While technically that would mean a strike could be called any time after that, sources say TWU Local 234 president Willie Brown will hold a news conference Monday afternoon to talk about why the union is dissatisfied with the current offer.
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This union does not represent the workers who run SEPTA's regional rail lines. In the event of a strike of the city division, it's likely many riders would try to use regional rail trains as an alternative.
While the regional rail unions went on a one-day strike this summer, since then SEPTA has signed a contract with those employees. The last time TWU Local 234 hit the picket lines was in 2009 for a strike that lasted six days.
SEPTA spokeswoman Jerri Williams issued a statement in response:
"The parties continue to meet in negotiations to reach an agreement. Although the union has scheduled a strike vote for the weekend, we have been given no indication that a work stoppage is imminent. A Service Interruption Plan will be release if and when the situation changes."