Strike halted SF commuter trains resuming service

by The Associated Press
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Officer of the Bay Area Rapid Transit Police Department (r) stands outside a BART train while passengers board in San Francisco.

Officer of the Bay Area Rapid Transit Police Department (r) stands outside a BART train while passengers board in San Francisco. (AP image)

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) – Commuter rail service is resuming Friday in the San Francisco Bay area after unions called off a strike, agreeing with the transit agency to extend a labor contract for a month while they continue bargaining.

Bay Area Rapid Transit will begin operating trains by 3 p.m. Friday, ending a four-day strike that crippled commutes across the Bay Area.

State officials say both sides will continue to negotiate as the current contract is extended for 30 days.

BART General Manager Grace Crunican agreed there is still a wide gap. Key sticking points in the labor dispute include salaries, pensions, health care and safety.

Josie Mooney, a chief negotiator for SEIU, Local 1021, said late Thursday that there’s still a lot of work left to do and asked the public to keep the parties on task.

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