BART asks for state mediator in contract talks with unions 

BART management has requested assistance from a state mediator because of stalled contract negotiations with its labor unions, the transit agency announced Tuesday.

Contracts between BART and several unions that represent more than 2,400 employees expire on June 30, and both sides are pushing for compromise over wages and health benefits.

The transit agency issued a statement confirming that BART management is asking for the assistance of a state mediator to "bridge a large gap in negotiations."

The unions involved in the negotiations include Service Employees International Union Local 1021, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555, and American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3993.

The unions represent maintenance workers, mechanics, operators, station agents, supervisors and midlevel managers.

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