TWU Local 234 History

Organized in 1943 for employees of the former Philadelphia Transit Company, Local 234 was the first major victory for the TWU outside of New York City. The Local was formed during a time of racial strife and the TWU stood by its record and strong commitment to racial equality when African-American trolley operators started working at the PTC.

TWU Local 234 now represents over 5,000 employees at the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) and also represents workers in Upper Darby Township, at Hyundai-Rotem in South Philadelphia and MV Transit.

On December 13, 2008 TWU Local 234 received the following proclamation from the International:

"The International Transport Workers of America, AFL-CIO recognized with great pride the accomplishments achieved by Local 234 on behalf of its members over an historic 65 years of service and leadership. TWU Local 234 is truly a major source of strength and unity within the TWU, and the entire labor movement, and has been a powerful force for positive change in the City of Philadelphia and the State of Pennsylvania. Your remarkable achievements are a testament to the Local's membership and leadership both past and present. Your International Union's leadership—in the great tradition of union solidarity—wishes the officers and members of Local 234 continued success for many years to come. In strength and unity, we will move forward together."

Transport Workers Union Local 234:Please click on the link below to view our history from 1943 - 1993:

Click here for TWU Local 234 United, Invincible   

Click here for TWU Local 234 1950 - 1970    

Click here for TWU Local 234 1971 - 1993  

Click here for TWU Local 234 1993 & Closing Remarks


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