BART labor talks continue as planned strike looms

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Bay Area Rapid Transit managers and union leaders are back at the bargaining table in hopes of heading off a strike that would create traffic nightmares for San Francisco area commuters for the second time in a month.

Representatives from BART management and the agency’s two largest employee unions negotiated for about 14 hours yesterday and resumed bargaining this morning as a midnight deadline looms.

Big differences remain on key issues including wages, pensions, worker safety and health care costs, but the parties have expressed some optimism that an agreement could be reached to avert a strike planned for Monday.

Bay Area agencies are preparing ways to get commuters to work if there’s a strike, but officials say there’s no way to make up for the BART system, which carries about 400,000 riders a day.

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