OAKLAND (KCBS)— Bay Area Rapid Transit workers placed leaflets at stations around the Bay Area Thursday morning as their contract talks with management has become increasingly contentious.
The unions and the transit agency have 10 days before contracts with five unions are set to expire. More than 2,500 unionized workers could walk out on July 1st.
Service Employees International Union Local 1021 – which represents 1,430 mechanics, custodians and clerical workers – and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 – which represents 945 train operators, station agents and foreworkers – will hold strike authorization votes on Tuesday.
SEIU Local 1021 spokeswoman Leah Berlanga said the unions have to give management 72 hours’ notice before going on strike, and that workers still hope a strike can be averted.
Gaileen Gaines, who keeps BART stations clean as a maintenance worker spoke at West Oakland station.
“We’re just hoping that management will come around and understand that what we’re asking for is just fair. We want the protection here at the stations. It’s not much that we’re asking for,” she said.