SF-Area Trains Run as Strike Talks Drag On

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) —

The talks between the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit agency and its two largest unions have dragged on for six months — with a chaotic days-long strike, contentious negotiations and frazzled commuters wondering if they’ll wake up to find trains aren’t running.

“We’re going to do everything we can to avert a strike,” Josie Mooney, a chief negotiator for the Service Employees International Union Local 1021, said  Wednesday. “That doesn’t mean we’re not ready for a strike, that doesn’t mean we’re not able to pull off a work action. We don’t want to.”

Hundreds of thousands of commuters have endured seven strike deadlines.

Federal mediator George Cohen said late Tuesday progress has been made but has imposed a gag order on the parties.

The key issues have been salaries and worker contributions to their health and pension plans.

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