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End Of BART 60-Day Cooling Off Period Less Than A Week Away

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A Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) train sits idle at the Millbrae station on July 3, 2013 in Millbrae. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) train sits idle at the Millbrae station on July 3, 2013 in Millbrae. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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OAKLAND (KCBS) — With less than a week remaining before a 60-day cooling off period ends and another transit strike could take place, BART and its unions went back to the bargaining table Friday morning.

Several issues still need to be resolved including questions about wage increases and health care for workers.

Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 President Antonette Bryant said she is awaiting a counter offer from BART management.

“We don’t know what they’re going to bring back, but they left to do some costing, so we’re going to look to see what that is. We’ve made significant moves. In the last week, we’ve made three moves and the district has made one that’s just infinitesimally small,” Bryant said.

Jim Allison with BART characterizes things differently. He compared the situation to two people facing each other 20 paces apart. “One person takes seven steps forward and stops,” he said.

Allison said they’re taking steps forward, but are still a great deal apart.

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