San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed is leading an effort to put an initiative before voters allowing cities to renegotiate pensions for existing public employees—as well as new hires. Meanwhile, State Assembly candidate Steve Glazer from Orinda, is pushing an initiative preventing transit employees from striking in the future.
Mayor Chuck Reed, along with four other mayors from around the state, have submitted the ballot initiative to the state Attorney General.
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.
Thursday’s meeting between BART management and Service Employees International Union Local 1021 centered on safety proposals and work rules.
BART management met with union leaders again Tuesday to try to reach an agreement before the contract for the transit agency’s employees expires Sunday night but a union official said the talks weren’t productive.
With another BART strike looming, commuters may have to find an alternate way of getting around.
Bay Area Rapid Transit is still on strike, trains are not running and negotiations have entered their fourth day after Wednesday night’s talks concluded with no deal.
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.
San Jose City Councilwoman Rose Herrera won re-election on Tuesday in a tough race where opponents made an issue of her support for pension reform.
The governor has already axed 15,000 state jobs. Now, he is proposing to double that number and institute a four-day work week, which would translate into a 5% pay cut for state workers.