Aug 1, 2013 2:22 PM by Associated Press

Bay Area transit shutdown looms amid labor dispute

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco Bay-area commuters braced for the possibility of another train strike as the transit agency and its workers approached a deadline to reach a new contract deal.

The two sides negotiated on Wednesday, but did not appear close to an agreement. Unions submitted their last financial proposal on July 17 and were awaiting a counter-offer from the Bay Area Rapid Transit Agency, said Josie Mooney, chief negotiator for the local Service Employees International Union, one of two unions in the talks.

She told the San Jose Mercury News if there is no change in BART's position by Friday morning, unions will likely issue a 72-hour strike notice. That could mean a train service shutdown for the morning commute on Monday if a deal isn't reached over the weekend.



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