SEIU Local 1021
Federal mediator George Cohen said Tuesday night that parties have made some progress in the intense negotiations to avoid a second strike in more than three months.
Bay Area Rapid Transit will continue to run train service after unions and management agreed to extend labor talks past a midnight deadline.
Tensions escalated at the BART bargaining table Monday with the possibility of a strike on Tuesday appearing to grow stronger.
Bay Area Rapid Transit was running trains as usual Friday after unions and management agreed to continue labor talks past a midnight deadline.
BART unions and management remained without a deal entering the final hours of the cooling-off period, opening the door for a possible strike. A new KPIX 5 / SurveyUSA poll found Bay Area residents are overwhelmingly against a walkout.
If no deal is made by the end of a cooling off period that expires at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, two of the transit agency’s largest unions could walk off the job on Friday morning.
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.
With a possible second strike looming, unions representing BART workers said they have put forward a new labor contract proposal to management Tuesday.
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 region appeared to be headed for another Bay Area Rapid Transit Strike after BART management on Wednesday suddenly called off contract talks for the rest of the week.