Tensions escalated at the BART bargaining table Monday with the possibility of a strike on Tuesday appearing to grow stronger.
In a near unanimous decision, San Jose police officers have rejected the city’s latest one-year contract offer, which included a three-percent raise.
With a possible second strike looming, unions representing BART workers said they have put forward a new labor contract proposal to management Tuesday.
BART employee unions were considering reducing requested wage hikes and agreeing to pay pension premiums and higher medical insurance costs at labor contract talks in Oakland Saturday.
The Bay Area Rapid Transit Agency and two of its largest unions have returned to the bargaining table, as a cooling-off period that would avert a possible train strike on Monday looms.
California Gov. Jerry Brown said Friday that he planned to seek a court order for 60-day cooling off period on Sunday if the Bay Area Rapid Transit contract dispute is not resolved by then.
BART trains are running at full strength after last week’s crippling strike, but with only a 30-day contract extension, state mediators have their work cut out for them.
BART riders are finding other ways to get to work on day two of the BART strike and most would like to see both sides back at the bargaining table.
While BART workers may strike, union workers at AC Transit have voted to authorize a strike if they and their transit agency can’t agree on a new contract.
Bay Area Rapid Transit workers plan to vote on Tuesday whether or not to authorize strike while both labor and management continue to trade accusations as to why they are unable to reach an agreement over the contract.