Bay Area Rapid Transit trains wait to board passengers at the Fruitvale station on Saturday in Oakland. Agency officials and labor leaders resumed talks Sunday as a midnight deadline approached for reaching an agreement to avoid a strike.
(Ben Margot/AP / October 13, 2013)
Facing a midnight strike deadline, two unions and officials for the Bay Area Rapid Transit system resumed contract talks Sunday as nervous commuters looked for other ways of getting to work.
Members of the Service Employees International Union Local 1021 and the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 pledged to walk off the job Monday morning if a new labor agreement was not reached by midnight Sunday.
The unions, which represent 2,375 mechanics, custodians, station agents, clerical workers and train operators are seeking a raise of almost 12% over three years. BART has proposed a 10% increase over four years.
Workers from the two unions now earn about $71,000 on average and $11,000 in overtime annually.
BART workers went on strike for almost five days in July and were prepared to do so again Friday after a cooling-off period ordered by Gov. Jerry Brown ended. However, they agreed to negotiate through the weekend.
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