BART Contract Talks

Striking Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) workers picket in front of the Lake Merritt station on October 21, 2013 in Oakland, California. BART workers continue to strike after contract negotiations between BART management and the transit agency's two largest unions fell apart last week. Management and unions agreed on the financial specifics of the contract but differed on workplace safety rules. An estimated 400,000 commuters ride BART each day. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Union Slams BART Management For Disputing Family Leave Clause In Contract

Union officials slammed BART management today, calling a move to scuttle a tentative contract deal and go back to the bargaining table over a disputed family leave policy the “height of incompetence.”


Federal mediator George Cohen arrives to make a statement to the press after an extra day of negotiations at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service building March 4, 2011 in Washington, DC. Representatives from the National Football League (NFL) and and National Football League Players' Association (NFLPA) agreed to continue to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement between players and owners for an additional 7 days. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)

Federal Mediator Making Impact On BART Contract Talks

A federal mediator brought in to Bay Area Rapid Transit contracts talks seems to be having the effect of smoothing over roadblocks to a possible agreement, according to sources close to the talks.