PHILADELPHIA (KYW 1060) – The SEPTA union leader who called a strike in the middle of the night, last November, has been defeated in an election by the Transport Workers Union.

KYW’s Pat Loeb reports tough-talking Willie Brown called a strike at 3 a.m. on Election Day. Apparently SEPTA riders weren’t the only ones upset by the move.

In an election, Friday, for president of the 5,000 members of the Transport Workers Union (TWA), local 234, which represents the majority of SEPTA workers, Brown was ousted by challenger John Johnson and his “New Direction” slate.

Neither Brown nor Johnson could be reached for comment but Johnson says on his web site that he wants to restore respect for union members, which he says is at an all time low because. “SEPTA management continues to laugh and mock the leadership for an unnecessary strike.”

SEPTA says in a statement it’s hoping the new leadership will be an active partner in providing the best possible service.

Johnson is a track inspector who’s worked for SEPTA for 16 years.

Watch & Listen LIVE