It took months of tortured talks, two strikes and the deaths of two workers for San Francisco’s transit rail workers and their employer to finally agree on a contract that got trains running again Tuesday.
Orinda City Councilman Steve Glazer, a longtime adviser to Gov. Jerry Brown, was flanked by half a dozen other elected leaders from Contra Costa cities at the Walnut Creek BART station at an afternoon conference to continue his campaign for a transit strike ban.
A team of federal mediators bowed out of the BART contract negotiations Thursday as union representatives announced that the talks have failed and workers will strike at midnight.
California Gov. Jerry Brown appointed a board to investigate the contract dispute between Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District and one of its unions, putting off the threat of a strike this week.
Labor unions representing Bay Area Rapid Transit workers said they will tell frustrated riders in advance whether trains will be running Thursday or workers will possibly go on strike at midnight.
BART management and the unions have agreed to more talks, but it still remains to be scene whether they are getting any closer to an agreement.
The two sides have failed to hold talks since a cooling off period was ordered in early August.
Picket lines cleared Thursday afternoon as a three-day strike by Hayward workers represented by Service Employees International Union Local 1021 comes to an end.
City workers in Hayward were launching a three-day strike and rally beginning Tuesday morning to demand further contract negotiations.
BART managers and union leaders are scheduled to resume negotiations Friday, but their proposals remain tens of millions of dollars apart on wages, pensions and health care benefits.