Talks Resume as Strike Deadline Nears for NJ Transit

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -

Talks between New Jersey Transit and rail worker unions are resuming in Newark to try and avoid a rail strike this weekend.

More than 4,000 NJ Transit rail workers have authorized a strike for early Sunday morning. The two sides have yet to agree on wage increases, health care costs and the length of a contract.

Unions have been working without a contract for nearly five years.

A NJ Transit negotiator said Thursday that although the sides aren’t in agreement on the issues yet, he’s optimistic because the tone of the meetings has been positive.

Gary Dellaverson said the last two days have been marked by what he called “reasonable progress.”