LOS ANGELES-Negotiators for the Metropolitan Transit Authority and 6,800 union workers announced early this morning that a strike set for today has been averted, but a walkout could occur as early as tomorrow if talks don’t progress substantially through this evening.

The strike was postponed after negotiators for both sides made a flurry of proposals and counterproposals. Though the two sides remain far apart, it was enough headway to keep hopes of a settlement alive for the next 24 hours.

A strike would directly impact about 450,000 Angelenos—-many of them Downtown office workers–who use buses or rail lines daily. But it would also have a ripple effect across the region, in part because the Teamsters and the rest of the 800,000-member AFL-CIO has pledged to honor any picket lines. That means shipments of everything from business supplies and overnight packages to food for restaurants and grocery stores could be interrupted.

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