OAKLAND (KCBS)—While next week marks the midway point in the BART dispute’s 60-day cooling-off period and the first time for negotiations since it began, neither side expects any serious movement until the following week when talks will center on the dispute’s major economic issues.
BART employees have been offered a ten percent wage increase over four years, while unions have been demanding 21.5 percent over three years.
Next Monday, Tuesday and Thursday talks are scheduled to center on supplemental issues and Service Employees International Union Local 1021 President Roxanne Sanchez said she expects they’re ready to make some movement the following week.
“We’re hoping that starting Sept. 17, when we get back the table with the economics, that there will be a game changer in that,” she said.
“We expect some dialog and conversation. You cannot just come to the table, put a proposal on the table and not have a conversation and walk away.”