OAKLAND (KCBS) — The tentative agreement that ended the Bay Area Rapid Transit strike last month was not ratified by the agency’s board of directors during Thursday’s vote.
BART directors voted 8-1 to approve a tentative contract agreement with its two largest unions—but without a controversial clause that they say was included by accident.
The deal was derailed by a clause that gives workers six weeks of paid family leave which BART Director Gail Murray said she can’t accept because it could cost another 6 to $44 million over the life of the four-year deal. BART officials said that element of the contract was inadvertently included by a temporary employee.
“I just can’t accept the contract the way it is. It’s just too much potential liability for the district,” she said before Thursday’s vote.
Union leaders estimated that it would only cost about $5 to $6 million.
Employees currently use vacation or sick time, or floating holidays, to take time off when family members have medical issues.
Management has asked the unions to take the contract back to members with the clause removed.
The unions have so far refused to remove the provision that BART management said was mistakenly put in the deal.
Union leaders did not return KCBS’ calls for comment on Wednesday but earlier this week Service Employees International Union Local 1021 Executive Director Pete Castelli said they’re taking the situation step by step.