While next week marks the midway point in the BART dispute’s 60-day cooling-off period and the first time for negotiations since it began, neither side expects any serious movement until the following week when talks will center on the dispute’s major economic issues.
Both sides in the Bay Area Rapid Transit labor dispute are talking about the lack of progress in negotiations, since the 60-day cooling off period started nearly a month ago.
The two sides have failed to hold talks since a cooling off period was ordered in early August.
Officials with the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit) said they were making progress Tuesday in ongoing contract talks with the union representing its bus operators and other workers.
Negotiators for union workers at the East Bay Regional Park District have reached a tentative agreement with management that averts a two-day strike that had been planned for Thursday and Friday.
Most city of Oakland services were stopped Monday because of a one-day strike by unions representing 2,470 city employees.
Labor talks between AC Transit and the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 192 continued after the existing contract expired Sunday night, with both sides indicating that busses would operate as usual on Monday.
With a strike looming, the two largest unions representing over 2,300 Bay Area Rapid Transit workers resumed talks with BART management Sunday afternoon at the request of California Gov. Jerry Brown in a last-ditch effort to reach a deal.
BART management has requested assistance from a state mediator because of stalled contract negotiations with its labor unions, the transit agency announced Tuesday.
With baseball season is in full swing, 800 concession workers could go on strike at AT&T Park sometime in the next few weeks.