BART strike postponement nears end, Governor considers extension

BART and its unions are at the negotiating table today in an effort to settle the ongoing labor dispute that has caused transportation disruptions in the Bay Area since last month.

This is the first time negotiators for both sides have met since Gov. Jerry Brown ordered a week-long temporary hiatus last weekend. However, the main sticking points for negotiators concerning pay and benefits are not supposed to be part of the discussion today. The financial gap between the two sides runs between $50 and $100 million.

The unions announced they would issue a 48-hour notice of a strike for Monday morning if negotiations do not prove fruitful today, because Brown’s order expires on Sunday night.

Meanwhile, the members of a bargaining team commissioned by Brown were preparing a report for the Governor’s office to determine whether he should issue a 60-day strike hiatus.¬†The Governor is expected to make his decision on the two-month hiatus by Sunday night.