Bay Area Rapid Transit says it will hire a third-party consultant to help figure out what went wrong in last year’s labor battle that included two strikes.
In a rare nighttime meeting on Thursday, the head of the BART Board of Directors introduced a plan that could lead to a prohibition of future strikes, but not everyone in agreement about the proposal.
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.
With little debate, a State Senate committee killed a proposal Monday that would have banned transit workers from going on strike.
Members of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555, which represents 945 station agents and train operators, approved a tentative four-year BART agreement on Friday night, according to union representatives.
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.
San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit officials and labor union leaders announced a new deal early Saturday, saying the unresolved issue over a paid medical leave contract clause has been resolved.
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.
A smaller BART union has been notified of a typo in the contract they have approved.
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.