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BART officials find $44 mln error in union contract deal

Bay Area Rapid Transit workers carry signs on the first day of the BART strike on October 18, 2013 in Oakland, California.
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Bay Area Rapid Transit workers carry signs on the first day of the BART strike on October 18, 2013 in Oakland, California.

Transit officials in northern California may have cost themselves $44 million by not reading what they signed, according to a new report.

The San Francisco Chronicle reported on Saturday that officials of the BART public transit system want to reopen a contentious contract recently agreed with the system's unions.

The problem, the paper said, is a contract provision that could give workers up to six weeks' paid leave for family medical issues. BART management never intended to approve that provision but apparently did so accidentally, the paper reported.

Thus far, the paper added, the union is balking at reopening the negotiations.

For the full report, click here,