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Suburban contracts expire during the first week of April, and "if a work stoppage becomes necessary," it will happen after those contracts expire, the TWU said in a statement.
The union rejected
"We're willing to go the extra mile to reach a fair agreement," said union president
Brown said outstanding issues include underfunding of employees' pension fund, rising health-insurance costs, unfair discipline procedures, and inappropriate use of surveillance cameras.
The union's announcement came hours after
No bargaining talks were held Friday.
Negotiations would resume soon, Horwitz said, and "we're very committed to getting this done, and done soon."
"We have had no indication that there is going to be a work stoppage," Williams said. "We remain hopeful that we will be able to have an agreement . . . without a work stoppage."
The last strike by
This time, the contract with city
TWU leaders have told members to prepare for a strike, citing
"The union will never agree to any such reduction in pension benefits," Local 234 leaders wrote in a
In a letter last week to Mayor Nutter,
"Although local media is reporting a work stoppage is possible, the Authority plans to continue productive and good faith discussions with
The base salary for new
Management employees have been trained to help collect fares and aid riders if there is a strike by bus and subway operators, Williams said.
"We will have lines, and people will be confused," Williams said. "But we hope we don't have to put this into effect."
"They are essential workers," Harper said of
TWU spokesman Horwitz said Harper's proposal was "ill-conceived" and could jeopardize federal funding for
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