Progress in BART Talks

BART management and union officials staved off a possible transit strike early today when they agreed to keep negotiating. BART management had set a deadline of midnight last night, but agreed to delay it because of progress at the bargaining table, the Chron reported. BART management wants the public employee unions to agree to $100 million in cuts to help balance the agency’s budget. BART officials had said that if the unions did not agree, then they would unilaterally implement working conditions — a move that likely would prompt the unions to strike, thereby effectively shutting down the transit system.

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