Stakes rise: SF-area bus workers threaten strike

Associated Press
A man enters the Lake Merritt BART station Monday, Oct. 14, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. San Francisco Bay Area rapid trains are running Monday morning after the transit agency and two of its largest unions agreed to extend contract talks over the weekend to avoid a strike. Tense negotiations ended around 3 a.m. after the unions gave a 24-hour reprieve from a planned midnight Sunday strike. Representatives of Bay Area Rapid Transit leaders and the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 and the Service Employees International Union Local 1021 resumed negotiations shortly before noon Monday (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A San Francisco Bay Area transit system will continue to run train service after unions and management agreed to extend labor talks.

A federal mediator said late Tuesday that Bay Area Rapid Transit management and its two largest unions were continuing negotiations and that trains will keep running Wednesday.

The BART unions had said they would go on strike if they didn't reach a contract deal by midnight Monday after extending stalled negotiations from over the weekend.

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