Bay Area Rapid Transit
A marathon bargaining session between Bay Area Rapid Transit management and its two biggest labor unions that began Wednesday morning lasted all night and was continuing Thursday, BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost said.
The mostly union-backing Democrats warned they would not support a strike and there was no extra money at the state level to increase BART’s offer.
Negotiators for Bay Area Rapid Transit and its labor unions resumed negotiations Tuesday afternoon, just hours after marathon negotiations that ended during Tuesday morning’s commute.
BART negotiations were expected to resume bargaining at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Instead, the talks were put off so each side could meet in “caucus” Saturday morning.
BART’s general manager is meeting with union leaders in Oakland Friday but will wait until Saturday to present a new contract proposal as a second strike by the workers looms, an agency spokeswoman said Friday.
Bay Area Rapid Transit’s lead negotiator is presenting union leaders with a new proposal Thursday, the final day of talks before the end of the 60-day-cooling off period.
While BART’s contract dispute continues, some Bay Area residents are thinking that they would like to work at the transit agency for the wages that are paid now. Those jobs, however, are hard to come by.
Labor leaders for Bay Area Rapid Transit workers say they are not giving 72-hour notice for a second strike.
Commuters weighed in on everything from cushion comfort to arm rests to lumbar support at the Union City BART station Monday afternoon. The transit system put three “realistic seat prototypes” on display and solicited feedback from BART patrons in advance of the fleet overhaul expected to take place several years from now.
A San Francisco Superior Court judge will rule Friday on whether a man who allegedly stripped naked and harassed people while doing acrobatic moves at a BART station can be released to obtain mental health services in another county.