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BART strike over; train service resumes Friday afternoon

(7/4) – 2347 PDT — OAKLAND, CALIF. – BART workers will return to work Friday, bringing an end to a crippling strike that paralyzed Bay Area roadways, the agency and union leaders said Thursday night.

BART officials said train service will resume at 3 p.m. Friday in time for the San Francisco Giants game at AT&T Park against the Los Angeles Dodgers at 7:15 p.m.

The agency will operate limited shuttle bus service during the morning commute from five East Bay BART stations.

The announcement was delivered by California Secretary of Labor Marty Morgenstern late Thursday after hours of intense closed-door negotiations between the district and the labor groups, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 and the Service Employers International Union Local 1021, representing train operators, station agents and maintenance personnel.

A contract deal between the agency and the unions has not been reached, but both sides agreed to extend the existing contracts by 30 days and continue negotiations for a new one.

There was still “a lot of work to be done” to achieve a fair contract, union leaders said Thursday.

“Despite lots of hard work, BART and its unions have failed to come to an agreement on contract issues that matter to all of us today and into the future,” said BART General Manager Grace Crunican. “We still have a wide gap of disagreements to bridge over the next 30 days.”

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