The National Transportation Safety Board Thursday issued “urgent” safety recommendations to protect rail workers in the wake of the on-the-job deaths of two Bay Area Rapid Transit track workers in Contra Costa County two months ago.
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.
If no deal is made by the end of a cooling off period that expires at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, two of the transit agency’s largest unions could walk off the job on Friday morning.
It was back to the bargaining table Saturday for two BART unions who announced this week that union members had voted to authorize a strike that could begin as early as Monday morning.
Bay Area Rapid Transit workers embroiled in contentions labor negotiations were voting Tuesday on whether to authorize a strike when their current contract expires Sunday night.
Union leaders for the mechanics, station agents and train operators who make up the local Amalgamated Transit Union, are going into the talks seemingly frustrated with the transit agency.