BART focuses on new problem with labor contract

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — After six months of agonizing negotiations and two strikes, the dispute between two unions and northern California's Bay Area Rapid Transit may not be over yet.

Officials are planning a special meeting today to discuss the problem involving some language that apparently made it's was into the now-signed deal accidentally.

Board Director James Fang says the sticking point is family medical leave. The new contract would give 3,200 BART workers six weeks of paid leave each year, while prior language required workers to use sick leave and vacation time first.

The unions say they won't withdraw the provision since the contract has already been signed.

Agency and union officials say that as a result, management is considering recommending that BART's board of directors reject the contract.

If that happens, BART's two largest unions may consider going on strike for the third time in three months.