SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— Progress was made in BART labor contract negotiations on Thursday after unions presented a counter offer to the transit system’s management.
According to Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 President Antonette Bryant, there has been an agreement on pensions.
“We made an agreement. It’s a cost-neutral agreement for every dollar put in, they’ll give us .7214. It’s the percentage. It’s a cost-neutral swap and it’s something that will benefit our workers,” Bryant said.
Both sides have been busy crunching numbers with a looming sense of urgency since next Thursday is the expiration for the court-ordered 60-day cooling off period suggested by Governor Jerry Brown.
Jim Allison, BART’s Chief Deputy Chief Communications Officer, said management has had a “fair deal” on the table since August 10th.
“We’ve been trying to strike a deal before the cooling off period. We think a 10-percent raise over four years is a fair deal,” Allison said.
BART is working with a four-year contract, but the unions want that shortened to three. The two sides still remain at odds over wages and health care. The unions have countered BART’s wage proposal with an offer of profit sharing based on ridership increases.