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8:48pm

Tue October 15, 2013
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AC Transit seeks cooling-off period as workers threaten to strike

AC Transit workers are threatening to shut down service starting Thursday
Isabel Angell

With a potential BART strike still looming, union workers from Bay Area bus agency AC Transit are gearing up for possible strike on Thursday. ATU Local 192 gave their 72-hour notice on Monday, while the agency has asked Governor Jerry Brown for a 60-day cooling-off period to prevent a strike from disrupting about 100,000 riders around the East Bay.

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9:33am

Tue October 15, 2013
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BART update: still no strike, still no deal

A BART train pulls into the station
Isabel Angell

BART trains will continue to run on Tuesday across the Bay Area, but there’s still no deal in the six-month-long labor contract negotiations. For the third time in less than a week, BART’s unions have put off a strike to stay at the bargaining table. 

An hour after the strike deadline passed early Tuesday around 1 AM, federal mediator George Cohen told reporters the two sides were making progress.

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1:32pm

Mon October 14, 2013
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BART strike delayed, management gives "final offer"

The El Cerrito Del Norte BART Station, closed during the first BART strike in July
Isabel Angell

BART’s biggest unions called off a strike late Sunday night, but stressed they are ready to strike on Tuesday if no deal is reached. BART management gave what it called its “last and best” offer on Sunday afternoon. 

BART’s unions had previously stepped down from a strike that would have started Friday. But this time, BART said they were done negotiating.

Breaking the media gag order, BART’s General Manager Grace Crunican said the final offer gives the unions a 12 percent raise.

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10:26am

Thu October 10, 2013
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BART, unions move closer -- but will a deal come before midnight?

BART workers picket an East Bay station during the July strike.
Isabel Angell

The Bay Area could see its second BART strike in three months on Friday if the transit agency doesn’t reach a deal with its unions by midnight tonight. The two sides are closer together than they were back in August, but conflicting statements from the unions and management could be a bad sign.

On Wednesday night SEIU 1021 and ATU Local 1555 said the two sides were close to a deal, but BART pulled the offer. BART spokesman Jim Allison countered by saying "any suggestion that BART offered a proposal and withdrew it is categorically untrue."

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8:24am

Fri October 4, 2013
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Californians want benefits of high-speed rail, not the price tag

A sign in Kings County, California declaring opposition to the state's planned high-speed rail
J. Stephen Conn via Flickr

A majority of Californians don’t want the state’s controversial high-speed rail line, says a recent poll forUSC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times. But at the same time, over two thirds of the voters surveyed said they think the project would create jobs and help the state’s economy. And 61% said a high-speed rail line would help reduce traffic at airports and on the highways. 

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