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BART strike could still be averted before Monday deadline

Negotiators temporarily avoided sending BART workers on strike overnight Thursday, buying a few more days to try to come to a deal.

By
Gabrielle Levy

(UPI) -- Representatives from the union and Bay Area Rapid Transit management announced a deal to continue negotiations Thursday night, just minutes before a 60-day "cooling off" period was set to expire and send BART workers on strike.

A strike could still happen if union representatives and BART board members fail to reach a deal by midnight Sunday.

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Union members said the negotiations would resume at 10 a.m. Friday.

The last strike, in July, lasted more than four days and cost the San Francisco Bay region an estimated $73 million in lost productivity, the Bay Area council said, even though it happened during a holiday week.

Approximately 200,000 people ride on BART each day and would be left without their normal mode of transport.

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