SEPTA union workers to get pay bump under tentative deal

PHILADELPHIA – 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 ( ) a Transportation Workers Union newsletter says members would receive 10.5 per cent raises over the next five years under the agreement.

Their health insurance payments would increase from 1 per cent of their pay to 2.5 per cent by 2019 and members would see a 12.8 per cent to 15.2 per cent 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.