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.”
A second BART union whose members walked off the job during two strikes this year has approved a tentative contract agreement with the transit agency’s management.
The tentative contract that ended the Bay Area Rapid Transit strike includes a 15 percent raise over four years but also increased worker contributions toward their health insurance and pensions.
It’s expected that members of Bay Area Rapid Transit’s two biggest unions will ratify the tentative agreements reached with management this past Monday that ended the crippling four-day strike.
Representatives of the San Francisco Bay Area’s transit rail system and its striking unions returned to the bargaining table Monday, raising hopes among the region’s frustrated commuters.
Former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown joined the KCBS, KPIX and Chronicle insider to take a look at how things fell apart so drastically at the last minute of BART labor negotiations.
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.
With less than three days until the cooling-off period expires, BART management and union leaders continued negotiations Tuesday. Meanwhile, transit agencies are firming up contingency plans if a second strike is called.
BART management met with union leaders again Tuesday to try to reach an agreement before the contract for the transit agency’s employees expires Sunday night but a union official said the talks weren’t productive.