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Union: BART contract similar to previous deal

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    With the BART transit system on strike, a San Francisco Bay Ferry passes Alcatraz Island Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, in San Francisco, Calif. Frustrated San Francisco Bay Area commuters started the work week on Monday with gridlocked roadways and long lines for buses and ferries as a major transit strike entered its fourth day. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

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    With the BART transit system on strike, a San Francisco Bay Ferry makes its way toward the Ferry Building Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, in San Francisco. Frustrated bay area commuters started the work week on Monday with gridlocked roadways and long lines for buses and ferries as a major transit strike entered its fourth day. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

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  • BART-Strike-28

    With the BART transit system on strike, people line up along the Embarcadero near the Ferry Building to catch a ferry to Oakland, Calif., during the afternoon commute Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, in San Francisco. Frustrated bay area commuters started the work week Monday facing gridlocked roadways and long lines for buses and ferries as a major transit strike entered its fourth day, increasing pressure on negotiators to reach a deal that resumes train service. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

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    With the BART transit system on strike, people line up along the Embarcadero near the Ferry Building and walk to catch a ferry to Oakland, Calif., during the afternoon commute Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, in San Francisco. Frustrated San Francisco Bay Area commuters started the work week Monday facing gridlocked roadways and long lines for buses and ferries as a major transit strike entered its fourth day, increasing pressure on negotiators to reach a deal that resumes train service. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

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  • BART-Strike-30

    A traffic sign on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge alerts motorists to expect delays because of the BART transit strike Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. Frustrated San Francisco Bay Area commuters started the work week on Monday with gridlocked roadways and long lines for buses and ferries as a major transit strike entered its fourth day. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

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    With the BART transit system on strike, traffic slows on Interstate 80 leading to the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge during the morning commute Monday, Oct. 21, 2013, in Berkeley, Calif. San Francisco Bay Area commuters started the new work week on Monday with gridlocked roadways and long lines for buses and ferries as a major transit strike entered its fourth day. At the same time, federal investigators were searching for clues to a weekend train crash that killed two workers. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

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OAKLAND, Calif. — A union official says the contract agreement that ended the San Francisco Bay Area commuter train strike is essentially the same as a deal that nearly came together right before the walk-off.

That’s according Amalgamated Transit Union international president Larry Hanley, whose union represents train drivers and station agents of the Bay Area Rapid Transit system.

Hanley says the agreement contains the same economic package as last Thursday’s near-deal.

Hanley says negotiators for BART backed off most of the changes to workplace rules they had demanded, and that led workers to walk off the job on Friday.

The contract deal reached on Monday allowed limited train service for today's morning commute. Hanley says a vote by the rank-and-file on that deal would come on Oct. 28 at the earliest.

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