Oct. 22 - A tentative agreement is reached between San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit and its unions, ending a four-day strike. Linda So reports.
EDITORS NOTE: RESENDING SCRIPT TO CORRECT TYPO BART trains are back up and running, ending a four-day strike that stranded commuters in the San Francisco Bay Area. Union negotiators and management reached the tentative agreement Monday night. SOUNDBITE: PRESIDENT LOCAL 1555 ANTOINETTE BRYANT, SAYING: "We will go back to work and continue our efforts to keep the Bay area moving. We did not want to strike and we are glad to have a tentative agreement we feel will work for all parties." Union members took the to picket lines demanding higher salaries and better health and pension plans. While details of the deal are still under wraps, it appears union members will be getting higher wages. SOUNDBITE: BART GENERAL MANAGER GRACE CRUNICAN, SAYING: "This offer is more than we wanted to pay, but it is also a new path in terms of our partnership with our workers and helps us to deliver the BART service of the future." During the strike, two workers inspecting tracks were hit and killed. Their deaths a sobering reminder for everyone involved in the strike. SOUNDBITE: PRESIDENT LOCAL 1555 ANTOINETTE BRYANT, SAYING: "I don't want it to be forgotten that two lives were lost during this time and I want those families to be remembered and I want them to know we continue to extend our heartfelt condolences to them and their families." Service on the trains is expected to return to full speed in time for Tuesday's afternoon commute.