Reporting Robin Culverwell
By Robin Culverwell
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Negotiating teams for both SEPTA and the union representing transit cops met for two hours on Wednesday, but so far no agreement has been reached.
The 200-plus members of the Fraternal Order of Transit Police walked off the job last Wednesday, March 21st, giving SEPTA less than a half-hour notice.
The two sides met last Thursday for several hours, but talks ended with no agreement, and today’s session is the first since then.
The union contends the issue is a difference of $200,000, or 50 cents more per hour for the officers who receive certain certification.
With the transit cops off the job, Philadelphia Police have stepped up patrols on the mass transit system. They’re focusing on the Broad Street and Market-Frankford lines, and at 69th Street Terminal and the Frankford and Olney Transportation Centers.