The Latest: No deal yet between unions, NJ Transit

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Posted: Mar 10, 2016 3:42 PM

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on contract negotiations between New Jersey Transit and its rail workers (all times local):

3:35 p.m.

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.

2:30 p.m.

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10:15 a.m.

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."