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.
BART’s labor unions say they’re upset that the transit district will spend $400,000 for a private negotiator for contract talks set to begin next week.
The workers’ four-year contract expires June 30. The union leaders, representing mostly train operators and station agents, say their workers deserve pay raises.
Although the dicey issue of pay equity, sometimes called comparable pay for comparable work, will ultimately be decided in contract negotiations, labor leaders and city negotiators debated the policy’s merits at a Board of Supervisors committee hearing on Wednesday.
Nurses returned to work at Children’s Hospital in Oakland after a three-day strike ended Friday morning, a hospital spokeswoman said.