August 29, 2014
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - San Francisco Bay area transit workers are a step closer to a work stoppage after voting overwhelmingly to allow union leaders to call a strike if contract negotiations fail.
Leaders of the two unions representing BART's train drivers, mechanics, station agents and maintenance workers announced the results of a strike authorization vote on Wednesday.
They say they remain committed to negotiating a new contract and have no plans right now to call a strike after the current contract expires on Sunday.
A strike would affect hundreds of thousands of daily commuters, snarling transportation in the Bay area.
The unions are fighting management efforts to have workers contribute to pensions, pay more for health insurance, and help reduce overtime expenses.
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