SEPTA Police Union Cites ‘Disconnect’ As Strike Looms

After working for months without a contract, the union that represents SEPTA’s police force may go on strike if it can’t come to a contract agreement with the mass transit provider.

In a Monday afternoon update, the union — the Fraternal Order of Transit Police Lodge 109 — said negotiations that morning had “showed little progress.”

“SEPTA’s executives talk a good game about ‘pattern bargaining’ and they told us to wait until they wrapped up negotiations with the largest transit union, TWU Local 234, but since the conclusion of the TWU talks they have steadfastly refused to offer parity,” said FOTP President Omari Bervine, who is a SEPTA patrol officer in a statement. “We haven’t seen a proposal with comparable dollars, improvements in benefits or timing of raises.”

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