SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP/BCN) — Bay Area Rapid Transit management and labor unions made progress in contract talks, and the two sides were set to meet again on Wednesday afternoon, a union negotiator said.
Josie Mooney, a negotiator with Service Employees International Union, Local 1021, spoke early Wednesday morning after a marathon negotiation session with Bay Area Rapid Transit train officials that started Tuesday evening.
“We’ve worked very hard,” Mooney told reporters, adding that the two parties were scheduled to meet again at 1 p.m. Wednesday. She said she could not comment further because a mediator has asked the parties not to speak to the media.
BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost said that meeting until 3 a.m. as the parties did is “always a good sign.”
“It is good to see that we’re at the table and we’re meeting extensively,” she said.
Workers, however, remained on strike, snarling the morning commute for a third straight day. BART is the nation’s fifth-largest rail system and serves hundreds of thousands of commuters each weekday. Even if a deal is reached, it could take up to 24 hours for trains to begin running.