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Striking union, transit officials, make offers

October 19, 2013
Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Bay Area rapid transit authorities and striking workers both made offers late Friday they said had a single aim: get stationary trains that move 400,000 commuters on any given workday back on track.

After a sluggish morning commute that drew region-wide gripes, BART general manager Grace Crunican said they had reached out to the mediator and were "ready to resume negotiations at any time."

Hours later, as the evening commute was underway, union president Roxanne Sanchez held a news conference with their own offer: sign off on pay, health care and pension issues, and send the remaining sticking point — work rules — to arbitration.

There was no immediate response from BART, which has already turned down similar offers.



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