BART Unions Threaten Strikes as Labor Talks Resume

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Gov. Jerry Brown says he will seek a court ordered two month cooling off period Sunday if a BART union dispute is not resolved.

The announcement came Friday, as union leaders were warning commuters that they were prepared to strike and shut down one of the nation's largest rail systems for the second time this summer if they don't reach an agreement on a new contract this weekend.

San Francisco's Superior Court has agreed to open its Civic Center courthouse on Sunday if necessary to hold a hearing on Brown' request for an injunction.

Bay Area Rapid Transit managers and union leaders were negotiating Friday, but their proposals remained tens of millions of dollars apart on wages, pensions and health care benefits.

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