PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — At midnight on Tuesday, Governor Tom Wolf issued a statement, reacting to the news that SEPTA union workers would be going on strike. The decision came down after a final night of negotiations that sources say centered around pensions.
Wolf released a statement saying:
“Hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvania residents rely on SEPTA to travel each day to and from work and school and the inability of TWU and SEPTA to reach an agreement is devastating for many of these individuals and their families. This will create extreme hardships for the city and for businesses. I have spoken at length with both sides and I continue to urge them to come together and continue talking until a compromise is reached.”
Officials expressed some concern about how the election might be impacted by a strike in terms of voters being able to make it out to the polls.
SEPTA addressed that concern after the strike was announced saying:
“We are hopeful that a tentative agreement will be reached before Election Day. If we foresee an agreement will not come to pass, SEPTA intends to seek to enjoin the strike for November 8th to ensure that the strike does not prevent any voters from getting to the polls and exercising their right to vote.”