SEPTA, union reach tentative deal, avoid possibility of strike


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PHILADELPHIA — Union negotiators and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority have reached a tentative contact deal, averting the possibility of a strike.

SEPTA Board Chairman Pat Deon says in a statement that authority and Transport Workers Union Local 234 reached a tentative two-year agreement.

Deon says the settlement "is due to the hard work of veteran, professional negotiators" representing both the authority and the union.

They aren't releasing any details of the deal.

Deon says the tentative contract "is fair to our union employees, our customers and the taxpayers and balances the needs of our valuable workforce, while operating the transit system in the most efficient manner possible."

Union representatives didn't immediately return calls seeking comment on the deal.

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