Talks between BART, unions to resume

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BART station agent Mark Madrigal helps a customer at the Lake Merritt station in Oakland on Friday. Two of San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit's largest unions gave notice that they plan to go on strike if they don't reach a new contract deal over the weekend.
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Two of BART's largest unions and transit agency management are returning to the bargaining table to avoid a potential strike.

Representatives from Service Employees International Union Local 1021, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 and BART say talks are scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. Sunday as the unions' contract is set to expire at midnight.

The meeting comes nearly 24 hours after union negotiators said they would likely strike, which would cripple the region's Monday morning commute.

The talks also come after Gov. Jerry Brown's secretary of the Labor and Workforce Development Agency, Marty Morgenstern, requested the parties continue negotiating to prevent a work stoppage of the nation's fifth-largest rail system.

Both sides say they are far apart on key sticking points including salary, pensions, health care and safety.

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