BART unions threaten strike, labor talks resume

(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 are scheduled to resume 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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