SF rapid transit talks break down; strike possible

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Associated Press

Posted on June 29, 2013 at 2:02 PM

Updated Sunday, Jun 30 at 3:33 AM

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A chief negotiator says two of San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit's largest unions will "likely" go on strike.

Josie Mooney, a negotiator for SEIU, Local 1021 said there's a strong likelihood that her union and the ATU, Local 1555, will be on strike Monday after its contract expires late Sunday.

Union leaders say they left Saturday's negotiations claiming they have met with BART's management for only 10 minutes in the past 36 hours, adding further speculation that a strike could derail the more than 400,000 riders who use the nation's fifth-largest rail system.

Mooney said the unions have no plans to meet with BART on Sunday.

A BART spokesman says that the agency still has a meeting scheduled with the unions on Sunday.

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