Union lawyer disputes BART contract figure

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP)

A union attorney is disputing BART’s claim that the two sides are $100 million apart in their contract proposals.

Kate Hallward, an attorney for the Amalgamated Transit Union, says the two sides are $56 million apart.

BART senior attorney Vicki Nuetzel stated the $100 million figure during her testimony on Wednesday before a three-member panel appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to investigate the contract dispute.

Brown ordered the panel’s investigation on Sunday, with a strike that threatened to snarl Monday morning’s commute looming.

The board was given seven days to submit its findings to the governor, who can then petition a court to call a 60-day cooling off period in the negotiations.

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