Center City (WTXF) - Talks are expected to resume today at the Sheraton downtown -- day 5 of the septa strike that has inconvenienced 400,000 riders.
Last night, a judge ruled against septa's request for an injunction that would force 5,000 bus, subway and trolley operators back to work.
Septa officials pushed for legal action, saying that the strike was causing an immediate danger to the safety and welfare of the riders. A judge said their case wasn't strong enough. Both sides will be back in court on Monday.
"We're not gonna lie down," said Septa Attorney Gino Benedetti. "Why can't we resolve this strike and just watch our passengers suffer. Not going to do it . It's too important to get people who can't get any other ride, who can't afford the Ubers and the Lyfts, and gotta get to medical appointments."
Nan Lassen, the Union's Attorney, said "we recognize that strikes are inconvenient. We recognize that strikes cause people to endure conditions that frankly they would rather not endure, and the union would rather they not endure. But that is not a basis under Pennsylvania law to grant an injunction."
The union argues that with taxi's, Uber, Lyft, carpooling and car rentals there are transportation alternatives for riders during the strike. Septa argues a third of its users have a family income of $25,000 or less and can't afford the alternatives.
The last Septa strike was in 2009 and lasted six days. Some have lasted for weeks. Pensions and health care costs are among the issues at the bargaining table.