BART Trains Running as Labor Talks Continue

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - A major San Francisco Bay Area transit system is running trains as usual Friday after unions and management agreed to continue labor talks past a midnight deadline.

But Bay Area Rapid Transit unions say they will go on strike on Monday if they don't reach a deal by the end of the weekend.

The two sides are expected to resume negotiations at 10 a.m. Friday. They were facing the end of a 60-day cooling-off period that prohibited a strike the previous night when they announced that they would continue talks, and there would be no strike on Friday.

BART chief negotiator Thomas Hock says BART will offer a new proposal to the unions.

BART is the nation's fifth-largest rail system and serves hundreds of thousands of riders each weekday.

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