Lawmakers blast BART in a letter

June 30, 2009 9:58:46 PM PDT
Fifteen Bay Area state legislators have sent a letter blasting the Bay Area Rapid Transit system for how it is handling contract negotiations with its employee unions.

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The lawmakers are concerned the district's bargaining position could trigger a strike.

BART and its unions have been locked in marathon talks, but the sides remain far apart on some key issues.

The unions are asking for a three percent pay increase while BART wants them to hold their wages and force workers to contribute to their benefits.

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