OAKLAND — The San Francisco Bay Area train system will run Friday as transit union, management agree to continue labor talks.
Officials with Service Employees International Union Local 1021 announced shortly after midnight that talks had ended for the night, but that both sides had agreed to resume talks at 10 a.m. Friday and that talks would continue through the weekend if necessary.
A state mandated 60-day cooling off period between two unions representing Bay Area Rapid Transit system workers and management was set to expire at midnight, which could have meant a walk-off prior to Friday morning’s commute.
BART workers struck for 4 1/2 days in July, leading to jammed bridges and roadways, and crowded buses throughout the Bay Area before Gov. Jerry Brown mandated the cooling-off period.
The two sides have since reached agreement on pension contributions but are still at odds over compensation, health care and safety.
The unions want a raise of nearly 12 percent over three years while BART has proposed a 10 percent increase over four years. BART said workers from the two unions now average about $71,000 in base salary and $11,000 in overtime annually. The workers pay a flat $92 monthly fee for health insurance.
An estimated 400,000 rail commuters would be stranded by a work stoppage on BART, which links far-flung suburbs to bigger Bay Area cities and provides a crucial link under the bay between San Francisco and Oakland.