H-BAY AREA

Oct 14, 2013 3:31 PM by Associated Press

BART strike averted, at least for day

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - San Francisco Bay Area commuters are facing another day of uncertainty.

The Bay Area Rapid Transit agency and two of its largest unions extended contentious contract talks another 24 hours to avoid another strike.

BART and the unions resumed negotiations shortly before noon Monday after tense negotiations ended around 3 a.m.

The overnight talks came after the unions announced late Sunday a 24-hour reprieve from a potentially second crippling strike in less than three months.

BART General Manager Grace Crunican said Sunday the "last best and final offer" presented to the unions Sunday includes a raise of 3 percent a year and contributions to their health and medical plans.

A union negotiator says the parties are about $16 million apart over four years in reaching a new deal.

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