Striking San Francisco Transit Workers Reach Deal With Management

Details won't be made public until until union leaders discuss terms with members


(Reuters) - Striking San Francisco-area transit workers reached a tentative contract deal with management late on Monday to end a four-day walkout that has paralyzed the nation's fifth-largest commuter rail system, union and transit agency officials said.

Union representatives said they were calling an immediate halt to the strike by the 2,000-plus Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) employees who walked off the job last Friday in a dispute over wages and workplace rules.

But due to the late hour of the settlement - announced at about 10 p.m. local time - and the logistics involved in ramping up the system from a standstill to full capacity, normal service was unlikely to be restored before the afternoon rush-hour.