Riders of the Bay Area's commuter rail system may still have to find alternative means of getting to work Tuesday if no labor agreement is reached by midnight.
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Emerging from a marathon session of negotiating, Antoinette Bryant, president of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555, told reporters Sunday night that the final offer from management was "regressive" and inadequate.
After agreeing to a one-day extension for talks, she was adamant that the strike would commence at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday if no deal was reached.
Amalgamated Transit and Service Employees International Union Local 1021 represents 2,375 mechanics, custodians, station agents, clerical workers and train operators.
"We will ensure that our passengers, who we care deeply about, get to where they need to go at the end of the day," Bryant said, adding that "we regret that this action has to happen."
The failure to achieve a deal by the midnight deadline was somewhat unexpected, as both unions and management had indicated over the weekend that the trajectory of talks was positive.
Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, speaking outside