BART Board of Directors
Bay Area Rapid Transit’s two biggest unions announced Tuesday morning that they were filing a lawsuit contesting the agency board’s vote that approving the tentative labor agreement without a controversial family-leave provision.
There were nasty words from the unions after Thursday’s board vote and suffice to say there were big problems with BART’s system-wide failure Friday morning.
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.
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.
Bay Area Rapid Transit are preparing to vote soon on the tentative contract agreement amid a relationship with BART management that has been fractured by tough negotiations and the deaths of two workers during the second strike.
The BART board of directors voted unanimously in favor of making a pilot program that allows bicycles on BART during peak commute hours a permanent fixture at Thursday’s meeting in Oakland.
BART plans to prepare a draft environmental impact report on a possible extension to Livermore. The proposed 4.8 mile extension would stretch from Dublin to Pleasanton within the I-580 median to the Isabel Ave. interchange in Livermore.
Assaults on station agents – along with public urination, drug use, drug dealing – have prompted the Bay Area Rapid Transit Board of Directors to introduce a “Prohibition Order” that targets unruly riders to them off trains.
Starting in July SFO employees who BART to work will save three dollars a day, thanks to the BART Board of Directors who voted to eliminate a $1.50 per-ride premium for airport employees.
Reported assaults include biting, kicking and punching of station agents. Train operators said they’ve also been subjected to spitting.