SF-area Bus System to Continue Contract Talks

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - As BART contract talks continue, representatives of a major San Francisco Bay Area bus system may also strike, raising the prospect that the region may have to endure two simultaneous transit strikes.

Negotiators for the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District are set to restart negotiations at 5 p.m. PDT Wednesday.

AC Transit workers have given notice that they will walk off the job Thursday, and their union, the Amalgamated Transit Union, has made no promise to retract that notice.

The transit agency has asked Gov. Jerry Brown to call for a 60-day cooling-off period. It says a bus strike would endanger the public's health, safety and welfare.

A spokesman says the governor is considering the agency's request.

The AC Transit system carries about 100,000 people roundtrip each day.

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