October 24, 2014
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit officials say they will offer two of their largest unions a new contract proposal, as the parties try to avert a possible rail strike that would cripple the Bay area commute.
BART spokesman Rick Rice said the agency's new package is closer to what the unions are seeking on benefits, pensions and salaries. The parties went back to the bargaining table on Thursday.
BART is also introducing two new proposals to address the unions' safety concerns, though Rice declined to get into specifics.
Union representatives said they had not yet seen the proposals, so they couldn't comment. They do not have immediate plans to go on strike and say they will provide 72-hour notice of any strike action.
The current contract expires on Sunday.
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