OAKLAND (CBS/AP) – Bay Area Rapid Transit union leaders say they’re prepared to strike next week if they don’t reach an agreement on a new contract this weekend.

BART managers and union leaders resumed negotiations Friday, but their proposals remain tens of millions of dollars apart on wages, pensions and health care benefits.

In a statement, Service Employees International Union Local 1021 said they’re committed to reaching a deal but warned they could issue a 48-hour strike notice Friday if negotiations fail.

Gov. Jerry Brown is waiting for an investigatory board to issue a report on the labor dispute.

The panel has until Sunday night to submit its report to the governor, who can then ask a court to call a 60-day cooling-off period, when BART trains would keep running.

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