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SF transit talks with unions, management to resume

June 30, 2013

OAKLAND, California (AP) — Two of San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit’s largest unions and management are returning to the bargaining table to avoid a potential strike.

Representatives from SEIU Local 1021, ATU Local 1555 and BART say talks are scheduled to begin at 3:30 PDT (2230 GMT) Sunday as the unions’ contract are set to expire at midnight.

The meeting comes nearly 24 hours after union negotiators said they would likely strike, which would cripple the region’s Monday morning commute.

The talks also come after Gov. Jerry Brown’s secretary of the Labor and Workforce Development Agency Marty Morgenstern requested the parties continue negotiating to prevent a work stoppage of America’s fifth-largest rail system.

Both sides say they are far apart on key sticking points including salary, pensions, health care and safety.

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