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SF transit talks expected to resume Sunday

Published on NewsOK Modified: October 13, 2013 at 2:39 am •  Published: October 13, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Contracts talks between the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit system and its two unions adjourned for the night late Saturday and the sides were expected to meet again Sunday.

The talks broke off shortly after 11 p.m. PDT, and negotiating teams for each side would meet separately at 9:30 a.m. Sunday to prepare for a mediator to bring the sides back to the table, BART said.

No details on Saturday's session were released, and BART spokesman Jim Allison has declined earlier in the day to go into detail about how close the two sides were to reaching an agreement and averting a second commute-crippling strike in less than three months.

The unions have vowed to walk off the job if no new labor agreement is reached by Monday. A strike would force hundreds of thousands of commuters who use the nation's fifth-largest rail system to find other ways to work.

BART workers went on strike for nearly five days in July before Gov. Jerry Brown mandated a cooling-off period that ended Friday.

Saturday's bargaining session was supposed to begin at 9:30 a.m. after 12 hours of negotiation Friday, but the two sides agreed to delay talks so each side could meet privately Saturday morning.

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