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NJ Transit rail worker contract talks to resume Friday as strike deadline nears

NJ Transit train at Hamilton Station in Mercer County. (Photo courtesy of Evelyn Tu)

NJ Transit train at Hamilton Station in Mercer County. (Photo courtesy of Evelyn Tu)

Negotiations between New Jersey Transit and its rail workers unions are heading into the final days before a weekend strike deadline approaches.

The two sides met for several hours Thursday at a Hilton hotel in downtown Newark, two days after their representatives expressed optimism at the tenor of the negotiations. They plan to resume talks at 10 a.m. Friday.

NJ Transit’s special counsel says he’s still optimistic a deal can be struck before the 12:01 a.m. Sunday deadline but that key issues such as wages and health care remain in play.

More than 4,000 NJ Transit rail workers have authorized a strike for Sunday. Both sides have yet to agree on wage increases, health care costs and the length of a contract.

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