BART Unions Send New Proposal To Management As Deadline Nears

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OAKLAND (KCBS) — With a possible second strike looming, unions representing BART workers said they have put forward a new labor contract proposal to management Tuesday.

Both sides continue negotiating under a 60-day cooling off period ordered by Gov. Jerry Brown, which expires on October 10th. If an agreement is not reached by then, station agents, transit operators and mechanics could stage a walkout. Workers held a four-day strike in early July.

Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 President Antonette Bryant told KCBS late Tuesday afternoon that the unions have offered a new proposal, but she did not get into the specifics of what the proposal entailed.

Both sides met at the bargaining table on Tuesday and plan on reconvening Wednesday. The unions hope to get a response from management as early as Wednesday.

Unions and management disagree over several issues, including pay increases, benefits, safety, and even the length of the contract. Management is seeking a four-year deal, while the unions are calling for a three-year-plan.

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