SEPTA, Union Take Break From Contract Talks

By Mike Dougherty

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — SEPTA and representatives from the Transit Workers Union took a break from negotiations Saturday after meeting for about five hours Friday night.

Both sides say progress is being made during “good faith negotiations” and there are no real sticking points holding up the talks. Both sides were expected to return to the bargaining table at 11 a.m. on Sunday.

SEPTA spokesman Andrew Busch says the transportation agency was initially looking for a five year contract but they’re considering the union’s proposal for a two year deal.

The two sides are not that far apart, and SEPTA says it has no indication from the union that members will walk if no agreement is reached by 12:01 Monday morning.

The TWU represents more than 5,000 employees in SEPTA’s city division.

Regional Rails would not be affected by a work stoppage.

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