NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on contract negotiations between New Jersey Transit and its rail workers (all times local):
New Jersey Transit's special counsel says no agreement has been reached in contract negotiations with unions as a strike deadline nears this weekend.
Gary Dellaverson (dell-AH'-ver-son) said the basic issues of wages and health care costs are still being discussed and that both sides are seeking a resolution. The parties are negotiating in Newark on Thursday.
NJ Transit is the nation's third-largest commuter railroad system and carries about 105,000 people from New Jersey to New York each day, either directly or through connections.
Unions have authorized a strike deadline of 12:01 a.m. Sunday.
Dellaverson said every effort is being made to not be negotiating close to the strike deadline on Saturday.
Talks between New Jersey Transit and rail worker unions are resuming in Newark to try and avoid a rail strike this weekend.
More than 4,000 NJ Transit rail workers have authorized a strike for early Sunday morning. The two sides have yet to agree on wage increases, health care costs and the length of a contract.
Unions have been working without a contract for nearly five years.
A NJ Transit negotiator said Thursday that although the sides aren't in agreement on the issues yet, he's optimistic because the tone of the meetings has been positive.
Gary Dellaverson (dell-AH'-ver-son) said the last two days have been marked by what he called "reasonable progress."