The Latest: Deal ends Philadelphia transit strike in 7th day

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The Latest on a tentative agreement to end Philadelphia transit strike (all times local):

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5:40 a.m.

Philadelphia's transit strike has ended in its seventh day.

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority says it has reached a tentative-five year deal with the union representing about 4,700 workers early Monday morning.

SEPTA Board Chairman Pasquale Deon is a fair deal that provides "wage increases, pension improvements, and maintains health care coverage levels while addressing rising costs." The deal is still subject to ratification by union members and must be approved by the SEPTA board.

Some officials were concerned that the strike could dampen voter turnout if it continued through Election Day.

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SEPTA says service will be restored gradually Monday. Full service is expected for Tuesday.

SEPTA workers walked out after midnight Nov. 1 over issues including pension benefits and the amount of time off given to drivers between shifts.

The result has been traffic gridlock at morning and evening rush hours; jammed and delayed regional rail service and higher absenteeism at the city's high schools.

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12:30 a.m.

The city of Philadelphia has filed a motion in state court seeking an injunction to temporarily halt the city's transit strike for Election Day.

The court is expected to hear the city's motion Monday morning.

A union representing about 4,700 workers went on strike just after midnight last Monday after it was unable to reach a contract agreement with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority. Buses, trolleys and subways were shut down.

Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf says he intends to file a legal document in support of an injunction request filed by SEPTA last week, saying the strike has been devastating for many.

A judge is to hear more arguments Monday after declining to issue an injunction Friday.

The walkout is the ninth since 1975 by the city transit union.