With No New Contract Talks Scheduled, BART Strike To Continue Monday

BART’s board of directors will hold an emergency meeting Monday as a systemwide strike by transit employees seems sure to continue into a fourth day.

BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost issued a statement this afternoon saying that no new talks between the transit agency and its two biggest unions have been scheduled as of Sunday afternoon.

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“Since there is no announced end to the strike, commuters are urged to continue to make alternative plans for Monday,” Trost said.

The BART Board of Directors will hold a special closed session meeting on Monday at 3 p.m. to discuss labor negotiations, Trost said.

Key holdups in contract negotiations continue to be “wages and important work rule changes,” Trost said.

“BART is open to restarting mediated talks if the mediator determines it is appropriate to continue,” she said.

Trost said that the death of two BART workers on Saturday during track maintenance work in Contra Costa County has “redoubled everyone’s commitment to a quick resolution so we can move forward in a spirit of cooperation to provide service to the Bay Area.”

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