BART Strike Update: Negotiations Continue

A BART train sits idle at Millbrae station on July 3, 2013 during a worker walkout. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
A BART train sits idle at Millbrae station on July 3, 2013 during a worker walkout. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Bay Area Rapid Transit union leaders say they’re prepared to strike next week if they don’t reach an agreement on a new contract this weekend.

BART managers and union leaders are scheduled to resume negotiations Friday, but their proposals remain tens of millions of dollars apart on wages, pensions and health care benefits.

In a statement, Service Employees International Union Local 1021 chief negotiator Josie Mooney said labor is committed to reaching a deal, but warned they could issue a 48-hour strike notice Friday if negotiations fail.

The BART Board of Directors issued its own statement, through board president Tom Radulovich, saying it was hoping to reach a settlement by Sunday so “BART can move forward and continue to do what it does best: run trains.”

Gov. Jerry Brown is waiting for an investigatory board to issue a report on the labor dispute.

The panel has until Sunday night to submit its report to the governor, who can then ask a court to call a 60-day cooling-off period, when BART trains would keep running.

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