Philadelphia transit workers have voted overwhelmingly to authorize a walkout less than a week before the Phillies play their first home game of the 2009 World Series.
Union president Willie Brown says 4,700 workers authorized him Sunday to call a strike if last-ditch negotiations with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority fail.
Brown says he hopes the series would not be affected by a walkout on buses, trolleys and the subway, which runs from central Philadelphia to the stadium. But he says workers have been without a contract since March and says this will be the "last week" they'll work without one.
SEPTA spokesman Richard Maloney says he hopes a deal can be reached in the next few days.
Philadelphia will host games three and four of the World Series next weekend, and, if necessary, game five on Monday.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Philly transit union workers to strike
This sounds like a bad time to host the World Series.