October 22, 2014
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The chief negotiator for the San Francisco Bay Area rapid transit agency says he will present a new offer to two of its unions as the stark possibility of a second transit strike in less than three months looms.
Negotiator Thomas Hock says that the BART board has given him the authority to present the offer to the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 and the Service Employees International Union Local 1021 as bargaining resumes Thursday afternoon, just hours before a 60-day, state-mandated cooling off period expires at midnight.
Hock would not comment on the specifics of the proposal but says the parties are still "a lot of millions" apart.
ATU President Antonette Bryant says the unions are anxious to look at the agency's new proposal, and they remain optimistic about reaching a deal.
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