PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Philadelphia’s main transit agency says contract talks are continuing with a union that says it will strike at midnight Monday if a contract agreement is not reached by then.
The union represents about 4,700 workers at the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority. A walkout would halt bus, trolley and subway lines that provide a total of about 900,000 rides each weekday.
A SEPTA spokeswoman says negotiations are progressing but there are many “unresolved issues.”
SEPTA encourages union representatives to continue talking past midnight Monday if necessary and workers to remain on the job if they do. The agency is telling transit riders they still should prepare for a possible serious service disruption.
Officials are worried if a strike lasted through Election Day it could keep some Philadelphia residents from voting.
The union says it could have an update soon.