PHILADELPHIA, PA — Members of the union that represents SEPTA police officers voted to authorize their leadership to call a strike against the transit agency after six months of negotiations with no progress toward a new contract.
The vote on Friday was nearly unanimous, said Omari Bervine, a patrol officer who is president of the 175-member Fraternal Order of Transit Police, Lodge 109. Union officials called in a mediator last month.
“We have met with multiple times with the mediator but this has not had any effect on the state of our talks thus far,” Bervine said. “We seem to be at an impasse.”