OAKLAND — Two state mediators have joined BART's slow-moving labor contract talks this week with employee agreements due to expire June 30, the transit district reported Wednesday.

The Bay Area Rapid Transit District has asked workers to start making payments toward their pensions, instead of having BART pick up the full tab.

BART also wants workers to pay more than $92 a month toward their medical insurance premiums -- the transit district pays between $700 and $1,900 per month per employee.

BART union leaders said they want pay increases, and measures to protect station agents against assaults. The union for station agents has proposed that agents shouldn't have to work alone before 6 a.m. or after 10 p.m.

BART has five labor unions with related but separate labor contracts.

Contact Denis Cuff at 925-943-8267. Follow him at Twitter.com/deniscuff



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