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Transit union president loses his position

The outgoing president of Transport Workers Union Local 234 yesterday blamed “outside interference” by SEPTA for his failed re-election bid.

“SEPTA had a lot of interest in the outcome of this election,” said Willie Brown, who was ousted Friday night by a vote of 1,915 to 1,672, less than a year after he had negotiated a lucrative contract for SEPTA’s 5,000 transit workers.

The new president is John Johnson Jr., a former bus driver who is now a track maintainer and who earned a business degree from Temple in 2005.

In interviews yesterday, the two men had sharply divergent views on why Brown lost.

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