Negotiators for Bay Area Rapid Transit and its labor unions resumed negotiations Tuesday afternoon, just hours after marathon negotiations that ended during Tuesday morning’s commute.
Progress was made in BART labor contract negotiations on Thursday after unions presented a counter offer to the transit system’s management and an agreement was made over pensions.
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.
For the first time since Gov. Jerry Brown ordered a 60-day cooling-off period, Bay Area Rapid Transit management and its unions returned to the bargaining table Monday and resumed negotiations to try and avoid a strike that would result in service shutdown.
Thursday’s meeting between BART management and Service Employees International Union Local 1021 centered on safety proposals and work rules.
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 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.
As negotiations are currently at a stalemate, issues like pension, health care and payback for unused sick days are coming to the forefront.