BART Strike To Continue Tuesday

A BART strike looks likely to continue for a second day, BART officials said this evening.

Union leaders have given on indication they intend to return to work on Tuesday, and BART riders should make alternate plans for their commute, BART officials said.

No further bargaining sessions have occurred since representatives from Service Employees International Union Local 1221 and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 left the table on Sunday, and none are currently scheduled.

BART spokesman Rick Rice said earlier today that management has conveyed to mediators the hope that talks can be scheduled “very soon” and that BART is “prepared to negotiate the significantly improved proposal we delivered on Saturday.”

Employees announced their intention to strike midnight Sunday, just after their contract expired.

The key issues in the talks, which began on April 1 but broke off Sunday night, are pensions, health benefits, salaries and safety.

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