A transit strike in Philadelphia ended Monday as a workers' union representing 4,700 employees and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) reached a tentative five-year agreement, according to media reports.
The six-day strike by SEPTA's 4,700 city transit workers idled subways, buses and trolleys that provide almost 1 million rides each weekday. SEPTA workers walked out after midnight Nov. 1 over issues including pension benefits and the amount of time off given to drivers between shifts.
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SEPTA chairman Pat Deon said the parties reached an "agreement in principle" Monday, according to NBC Philadelphia.
"We believe this agreement is fair to our employees, and to the fare-paying customers and taxpayers who fund SEPTA," Deon said, according to the broadcaster. "It provides for wage increases, pension improvements, and maintains health care coverage levels while addressing rising costs," he added.