Largest SEPTA union opens early talks
Hoping to avoid another transit strike, SEPTA's largest union has opened negotiations with the transit agency more than six months before its current labor contract expires.
Transport Workers Union Local 234, which represents more than 5,000 bus, subway and trolley operators, mechanics, cashiers and other workers, said it began talks on noneconomic issues on Wednesday.
The current contract expires on March 14, 2014. Local 234's contract typically sets the pattern for contract negotiations with SEPTA's other unions.
The union went on strike for six days in 2009 after its last contract expired. - Paul Nussbaum