It could be a rough morning for travelers at Philadelphia International Airport as some baggage handlers have pulled out the picket signs.
SEPTA officials joined leaders from Transport Workers Union Local 234 late Friday night to announce that a deal had finally been reached.
SEPTA and TWU Local 234 negotiators have finished talking for the day, and will resume tomorrow, in efforts to head off a possible strike that would idle 5,000 workers on the city, suburban and frontier divisions, leaving nearly a million riders looking for another way to get where they are going.
A decision on whether to strike could come as soon as Friday.
On Wednesday, picketers were walking and making noise at the Convention Center’s Broad and Cherry streets entrance.
More than 100 workers at Chestnut Hill Hospital are holding a day-long strike as they advocate for higher wages.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett is asking President Barack Obama to intervene in the SEPTA transit strike.
The SEPTA transit strike comes as roadwork takes place in several areas in the region. AAA Mid-Atlantic is offering travel tips.
The SEPTA strike was inconveniencing riders who had planned to use the regional rails over the weekend, forcing them to make alternate plans to get to their destination.
SEPTA’s Regional Rail service interruption plan is now in effect.
CBS 3 has also confirmed that an offer for a two-week extension was presented. It is not yet known how union officials responded.
SEPTA officials are warning 120,000 daily riders on regional rail lines that the threat of a strike at 12:01 a.m. Saturday is a growing possibility.
Negotiations between SEPTA and the union representing the engineers on its regional rail lines have reached an impasse, but riders shouldn’t worry about a work stoppage, at least for now.
After negations talks fell apart, the carpenters’ union at the Pennsylvania Convention Center is out on strike.
The head of the union representing Philadelphia bus, subway and trolley operators said Tuesday that a strike is not imminent, but he noted that stalled contract talks would not resume until transit officials provided key financial information.