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November 11, 2016

SEPTA union workers see salary increase, higher pension payments in tentative contract

Stock_Carroll - SEPTA Market Frankford Train Thom Carroll/PhillyVoice

A Market-Frankford subway train travels west to 46th Street Station.

Details of a tentative contract agreement that ended the several-day SEPTA strike in the city have been revealed, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

A newsletter issued on Thursday by Transport Workers Union Local 234, which represents a little more than 4,700 transit workers, outlines the deal, which reportedly includes 10.5 percent in raises over the next five years, with health insurance payments increasing from 1 percent of workers' pay to 2.5 percent by 2019, reports.

Union members would also reportedly see a 12.8 percent to 15.2 percent increase in pension payments, varying based on the number of years an employee has worked for SEPTA, according to the report.

Missing from the contract are any changes to break-time increments or downtime between shifts for “fatigued” workers, a talking point during negotiations, notes. 

SEPTA has reportedly said the new agreement would increase the cost of the union contract by $146 million over five years but would be absorbed entirely within its pre-existing 10-year budget with "no additional public funds or fare increases." 

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