Posted: Oct 14, 2013 10:29 AM
Updated: Oct 14, 2013 10:30 AM
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) San Francisco Bay Area rapid trains are running Monday morning after the transit agency and two of its largest unions agreed to extend contract talks over the weekend to avoid a strike.
Bay Area Rapid Transit leaders and representatives of the ATU Local 1555 and the SEIU Local 1021 are scheduled to talk again at 10:30 a.m. Monday. Tense negotiations ended around 3 a.m. after the unions gave a 24-hour reprieve from a planned midnight Sunday strike.
The 11th-hour announcement came after weekend-long talks to avert a second commute-crippling strike in less than three months.
BART says it has presented the unions with its "last, best and final offer" that they say includes a raise of 3 percent a year over four years.
The unions warned they will go on strike at midnight Monday if an agreement isn't reached by then.