NEWARK, New Jersey (WABC) --Talks between New Jersey Transit and rail worker unions resumed on Friday in Newark, and sources tell Eyewitness News that the negotiations have taken an optimistic turn as the two sides try to avoid a rail strike this weekend.
Neither side has publicly commented since NJ Transit special counsel Gary Dellaverson said Friday morning that "today's the day" to hammer out a deal.
Dellaverson said he felt there's no reason the parties shouldn't be able to reach an agreement Friday.
The unions have authorized a strike deadline of 12:01 a.m. Sunday.
Wages and the cost that employees contribute for health benefits remain sticking points.
Union officials were angered on Thursday when NJ Transit sent notice to union-covered employees that their health benefits would end if they strike.
NJ Transit says the notice is required under federal law.
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