The SEPTA strike is on. Negotiators for Philadelphia's transit system, the nation's sixth-largest, and for 5,700 unionized workers failed to reach an agreement on a new contract before the strike deadline Monday at midnight.
With no agreement reached, a strike by city bus, trolley and subway workers is set to begin Tuesday
The two sides met Monday but failed to reach an agreement. Last week SEPTA urged all riders to come up with alternative plans should a strike occur, and the company released a contingency guide to help customers plan.
The strike will affect Philadelphia bus, trolley and subway lines but not regional rail lines and service in areas outside the city. The city system's daily weekday ridership is about 800,000 trips, or about 400,000 people. More than 60,000 public, private and charter school students use the system to get to and from school.
Union officials have said the two sides are divided by pension and health care issues but also have highlighted non-economic issues such as schedules, break time and driver fatigue.Read more:
In 2014, union members ratified a two-year contract that averted a threatened walkout by bus drivers, subway and trolley operators, cashiers and mechanics. In 2009, a strike by SEPTA workers lasted six days
(Story by NBC10.com).