OAKLAND (CBS / AP) — Bay Area Rapid Transit will continue running train service for Tuesday morning’s commute after unions and management agreed to extend labor talks past a midnight deadline.
Unions representing BART workers had said they would go on strike if they didn’t reach a contract deal by midnight after extending stalled negotiations from over the weekend.
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The possibility of a strike loomed as the unions gave management a 24-hour reprieve from what would have been the second strike in more than three months. BART workers walked off the job for nearly five days in July. That strike resulted in traffic jams and long lines for buses.
Representatives of BART, the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 and the Service Employees International Union Local 1021 resumed negotiations Monday afternoon, hours after tense negotiations ended around 3 a.m.