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.