ATU Local 1555
Bay Area Rapid Transit workers’ largest union ratified its contract with the agency on Monday, closing eight months of negotiations that resulted in two strikes that snarled traffic throughout the region and during which two workers were fatally struck by a train.
The Board of Directors voted 8-1 to approve the new labor agreement reached with its two largest unions.
Votes on an agreement that would end eight months of strife between BART and its labor unions probably won’t be held until late next week, a transit agency spokesman said Monday.
In the midst of continuing contract talks following two strikes over the past year, the new president of the Bay Area Rapid Transit Board of Directors is looking to ban union workers from walking off the job in the future.
BART and its two biggest labor unions returned to the bargaining table Wednesday to make another attempt to resolve a dispute over a contract provision that calls for employees to receive up to six weeks of paid family medical leave annually.
Negotiators with Bay Area Rapid Transit and its two largest unions are set to restart negotiations on Thursday, with many hard feelings remaining on both sides of the table.
The tentative agreement that ended the Bay Area Rapid Transit strike last month was rejected by the agency’s board of directors during Thursday’s vote.
Attorneys for BART and its unions were meeting on Monday, trying to put a dollar amount on a family medical leave clause that the agency claims was inadvertently included in the final contract.
San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit officials say board members will not be taking a vote on a tentative agreement during a special meeting to discuss a problem regarding a labor deal that settled a second strike.
BART management has taken issue with a provision in the tentative agreement that ended a strike by two unions last month potentially throwing the contract’s ratification by the BART board in jeopardy, BART officials said.