OAKLAND (CBS SF) — BART officials said an offer presented to unions Sunday afternoon is $7 million higher than one made Friday, and that it represents the agency’s last, best and final offer.
BART General Manager Grace Crunican said the agency is offering employees a 3 percent raise for each year of the four-year contract, retroactive to July 5.
The contract also calls for employees to make a 4 percent pension contribution and 9.5 percent medical contribution.
The latest contract offer also comes with a deadline. BART has given the union two weeks from Sunday to accept, before the deal is taken off the table, spokeswoman Alicia Trost said.
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Union leaders dismissed Sunday’s offer as “regressive,” saying it was lower than previous offers. They extended their previous strike deadline by one day, to midnight Tuesday, but warned that members would strike if BART did not return to the table ready to negotiate.
“We regret that this action needs to be taken but we have done everything we can do to bargain fairly,” said Antonette Bryant, president of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555. “Our members don’t want to go on strike, but we are being backed into a corner.”