OAKLAND (CBS SF) – BART’s general manager met with union leaders in Oakland Friday but will wait until Saturday to present a new contract proposal as a second strike by the workers looms, an agency spokeswoman said Friday.
General Manager Grace Crunican heard concerns from union officials and is “trying to get some feedback on what it’s going to take to get to a deal,” BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost said Friday afternoon.
“We’re just listening and having a larger discussion,” Trost said.
Trost said a new contract offer that BART officials had previously planned to present Friday—the details of which have been withheld at the request of a federal mediator—would now be presented on Saturday at the soonest.
Service Employees International Union Local 1021 spokesman Des Patten said Friday’s talks seemed productive and involved an informal exchange of ideas.
Patten said Crunican has asked union leaders to explain their positions and concerns and to outline details of their last proposal to her.