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BART union approves tentative 4-year labor deal

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- One of the Bay Area Rapid Transit agency's largest unions has voted to approve a tentative four-year labor deal after months of difficult negotiations.

KTVU-TV reports (http://bit.ly/JAM63p ) that members of the Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 1555 voted Friday to approve the contract, settling a dispute over paid medical leave for employees.

BART's board on Thursday approved the new deal that dropped a clause granting union members up to six weeks of paid family medical leave that BART said was mistakenly included and would cost $44 million if one-third of the agency's workers took advantage of it.

Instead, workers will get an extended bereavement leave and potential bonuses.

The agency's other main union, SEIU Local 1021, will vote on the contract on Jan. 13.

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Information from: KTVU-TV.

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