SEPTA union workers to get pay bump under tentative deal

A bus rounds a corner in Philadelphia, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016. With a strike threat looming for Philadelphia's bus, trolley and subway workers next week, officials are asking customers in the nation's sixth-largest transit system to start figuring out alternate ways to get to work and school. The current contract covering more than 5,700 workers at the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority expires at midnight on Monday, and a walkout could begin at the start of service on Nov. 1.(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
A bus rounds a corner in Philadelphia, Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016. With a strike threat looming for Philadelphia's bus, trolley and subway workers next week, officials are asking customers in the nation's sixth-largest transit system to start figuring out alternate ways to get to work and school. The current contract covering more than 5,700 workers at the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority expires at midnight on Monday, and a walkout could begin at the start of service on Nov. 1.(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – The union representing 4,700 transit workers in Philadelphia has revealed details of a tentative agreement that ended a weeklong transit strike on Monday.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports (http://bit.ly/2enxwjR ) a Transportation Workers Union newsletter says members would receive 10.5 percent raises over the next five years under the agreement.

Their health insurance payments would increase from 1 percent of their pay to 2.5 percent by 2019 and members would see a 12.8 percent to 15.2 percent increase in pension payments, depending on their length of employment.

No changes to break times or time between shifts for vehicle operators were included.

Members will vote on the deal next week.

SEPTA has said money in its preexisting 10-year budget plan would cover the new contract.

Both the union and SEPTA declined to comment.

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