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SF Bay Area rail talks resume as strike goes on

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 4, 2013 at 6:17 pm •  Published: July 4, 2013
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The strike began early Monday after talks broke off. Negotiations resumed Tuesday as political pressure and public pleas mounted.

Key issues in the labor dispute include salaries, pensions, health care and safety.

BART has said workers from the two unions average about $71,000 in base salary and $11,000 in overtime annually. The workers also pay a flat $92 monthly fee for health insurance.

The unions — which represent nearly 2,400 train operators, station agents, mechanics, maintenance workers and professional staff — want a 5 percent raise each year over the next three years.

BART said it is offering an 8 percent salary increase over the next four years as well as reducing the amount of employee contributions it originally requested for pension and medical benefits.