BART Shutdown Looms Amid Labor Dispute

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - San Francisco Bay Area commuters are bracing for the possibility of another train strike as the Bay Area Rapid Transit agency and its workers approached a deadline to reach a new contract deal.

The two sides resumed negotiations around noon on Thursday, but did not appear close to an agreement.

One union leader says progress has been made on peripheral issues, but other issues, including salaries and benefits, have yet to be resolved.

The union will decide after Thursday's talks whether to issue a 72-hour strike notice. That could mean a train service shutdown for the morning commute on Monday if a deal isn't reached over the weekend.

BART says it will have about 95 charter buses to transport Bay Area commuters should workers strike.

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