The two major unions representing Bay Area Rapid Transit workers said Wednesday they had lowered their contract demands to management in the hopes of avoiding a strike on Oct. 10 when a 60-day cooling off period imposed by the governor expires.
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.
California Gov. Jerry Brown intervened with an 11th hour order to impose a 7-day inquiry that averted a Bay Area Rapid Transit strike Monday morning, easing the minds of over 400,000 commuters who rely daily on the nation’s fifth-largest rail system.
BART’s general manager said she understands the public’s anxiousness about the possibility of another strike by the transit agency’s workers Monday but she believes there’s still enough time to reach a deal before then.
Less than two weeks before BART workers could resume their strike, union leaders alleged Monday that management’s chief negotiator has a long history of engaging in hardball tactics and accused him of engaging in unfair bargaining.
The two sides have until August 4 to reach an agreement or another strike could be in the works.