PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Members of SEPTA’s Transit Police return to the picket line at Jefferson Station Thursday morning. Nearly 200 SEPTA police officers went on strike Wednesday afternoon over pay and working conditions. They’ve been working without a contract for about a year.
SEPTA and the union representing the officers have been in contract negotiations for months, but just couldn’t come to an agreement.
SEPTA says the strike won’t affect transit service.
A SEPTA spokesman said their strike contingency plan calls for police supervisors to work 12-hour shifts and an increased presence by city and suburban police.
The last SEPTA police strike happened in 2012 and lasted about a week.
SEPTA is the nation’s sixth-largest transportation system in terms of ridership, operating buses, subways, trolleys and trains.