September 2, 2014
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.