A Bay Area Rapid Transit train approaches the Fruitvale station Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. A major San Francisco Bay Area transit system ran trains as usual on Saturday after labor negotiations were extended past a midnight deadline, but the threat of a commute-disrupting strike loomed with the unions promising to walk off the job Monday if weekend talks fail to reach a deal. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
BART's board of directors were expected to hold an emergency meeting Monday as a system-wide strike by transit employees seemed sure Sunday to continue into a fourth day.
BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost issued a statement Sunday afternoon saying that no new talks between the transit agency and its two biggest unions have been scheduled as of Sunday afternoon.
“Since there is no announced end to the strike, commuters are urged to continue to make alternative plans for Monday,” Trost said.
The BART Board of Directors will hold a special closed session meeting on Monday at 3 p.m. to discuss labor negotiations, Trost said.
Key holdups in contract negotiations continue to be “wages and important work rule changes,” Trost said.
“BART is open to restarting mediated talks if the mediator determines it is appropriate to continue,” she said.
Trost said that the death of two BART workers on Saturday during track maintenance work in Contra Costa County has “redoubled everyone's commitment to a quick resolution so we can move forward in a spirit of cooperation to provide service to the Bay Area.”
Watchdogs are questioning an exclusive agreement between the City of Oakland and a non-profit group, tapped to lead a multi-million dollar project to redevelop the area around the Coliseum BART station.