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Jun 28, 2013 2:38 PM by Associated Press

BART unions give notice of possible strike

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Two of San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit's largest unions have given notice that they plan to go on strike.

The unions gave notice of a possible strike late Thursday night. It would start when their contracts expire at 11:59 p.m. Sunday.

The notice does not guarantee that employees will strike. Negotiations are scheduled to continue.

Josie Mooney, a negotiator for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Local 1021, said Friday after a news conference that both sides want to avoid a strike.

Employees want a raise and protection for health care and pension benefits. The transit agency says it needs to control costs to help pay for improvements.

Meanwhile, the union representing Oakland City clerical, public works and parking enforcement workers has called a 1-day strike for Monday.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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