- Associated Press - Friday, June 24, 2016

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Two rail unions negotiating with New Jersey Transit haven’t agreed to extend a “no-strike” deadline until mid-July.

The current deadline ends next Thursday. Nine other unions have ratified an agreement reached in March that avoided a system-wide strike.

In an email Friday, NJ Transit said it had agreed to the request by the National Mediation Board.

Stephen Burkert, general chairman of the conductors’ union, posted on the union’s website Wednesday that he hadn’t agreed to the extension. Burkert didn’t return a message Friday.

NJ Transit spokesman Nancy Snyder said in Friday’s email the agency and unions have been in contact “many times” over the last few days.

In March, NJ Transit estimated a strike would’ve forced roughly 40,000 train commuters to find other ways into New York.

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