By Bay City News Service
BART's board of directors will hold an emergency meeting Monday as a systemwide strike by transit employees will continue into a fourth day.
BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost issued a statement Sunday afternoon saying that no new talks between the transit agency and its two biggest unions have been scheduled.
"Since there is no announced end to the strike, commuters are urged to continue to make alternative plans for Monday," Trost said.
The BART Board of Directors will hold a special closed session meeting on Monday at 3 p.m. to discuss labor negotiations, Trost said.
Key holdups in contract negotiations continue to be "wages and important work rule changes," Trost said.
"BART is open to restarting mediated talks if the mediator determines it is appropriate to continue," she said.
Trost said that the death of two BART workers on Saturday during track maintenance work in Contra Costa County has "redoubled everyone's commitment to a quick resolution so we can move forward in a spirit of cooperation to provide service to the Bay Area."
National Transportation Safety Board officials said Sunday night their investigators will be in the Bay Area from four to 10 days looking into the accident.
Agency investigators have walked the area of the collision and requested
relevant documents, images and data from BART. They will also interview those
involved and inspect all involved equipment, officials said.
It could be six months to a year or longer before a final report is issued. That report could include recommendations for changes to prevent similar accidents in the future.
Meanwhile, CBS 5 reported the names of the two men killed in the accident. The San Francisco television station said they were BART manager Christopher Sheppard of Hayward and contract employee Larry Daniels.
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