BART Board Approves 5-Year Labor Contract Preventing Strikes Until 2021A five-year labor contract with BART's major unions was approved Thursday, a year before the current contract expires, in an effort to avoid another round of acrimonious negotiations at a time when BART officials are looking to rebuild the system infrastructure and planning to ask voters to approve a $3.5 billion bond.
Union Leaders Urge BART Board To Step Up To Negotiating TableLeah Berlanga, a negotiator for Service Employees International Union Local 1021, which represents 1,430 mechanics, custodians and clerical workers, was one of many union members who spoke to BART board members at a special meeting of the directors in Oakland this morning.
BART Board Issues Letter Defending Cell Service Shutdown During ProtestWith the threat of another disruptive protest looming, BART officials issued a letter to BART customers Saturday defending BART’s decision to interrupt cellphone service to prevent a protest on Aug. 11, and announcing that the issue would be discussed at a board meeting Wednesday.

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