SF Bay Area transit talks adjourn for the night

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Associated Press

Posted on October 13, 2013 at 2:00 AM

Updated Sunday, Oct 13 at 2:04 AM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Officials say contracts talks between the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit system and its two unions have adjourned for the night.

BART says in a press release that the talks broke off shortly after 11 p.m. PDT Saturday, and negotiating teams for each side would meet separately at 9:30 a.m. Sunday to prepare for a mediator to bring the sides back to the table.

No details on Saturday's session were released.

The unions have vowed to walk off the job if no new labor agreement is reached by Monday. A strike would force hundreds of thousands of commuters who use the nation's fifth-largest rail system to find other ways to work.

BART workers went on strike for nearly five days in July before Gov. Jerry Brown mandated a cooling-off period that ended Friday.

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