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.
January 1 will bring increases in the minimum wage in San Francisco and San Jose—two of the Bay Area’s largest cities. Meanwhile, California’s minimum wage will also increase later in 2014.
Municipal workers in Oakland returned to their jobs on Tuesday after a one-day strike that shut down all but the emergency public services in the city. Union leaders said the work stoppage was designed to send a message to city leaders.
The California State Legislature returned to work on Tuesday to examine Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed budget amid a widening divide over how much money the state can spend.
San Francisco police and prosecutors held a town hall meeting Tuesday to address community concerns about the grisly killing of five people last month.
More than 400 people gathered in San Francisco Saturday morning for an all-day conference focused on the issue of bullying that targets teenage gays and lesbians.