Bay Area Rapid Transit workers’ largest union ratified its contract with the agency on Monday, closing eight months of negotiations that resulted in two strikes that snarled traffic throughout the region and during which two workers were fatally struck by a train.
With little debate, a State Senate committee killed a proposal Monday that would have banned transit workers from going on strike.
State officials say proponents of a pension reform measure backed by San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed can start collecting signatures to put it on the ballot.
The Board of Directors voted 8-1 to approve the new labor agreement reached with its two largest unions.
Alameda-Contra Costa Transit workers have ratified a tentative contract agreement, averting a possible strike threatened after union votes rejected two previous agreements earlier this year, AC Transit officials said.
Votes on an agreement that would end eight months of strife between BART and its labor unions probably won’t be held until late next week, a transit agency spokesman said Monday.
In the midst of continuing contract talks following two strikes over the past year, the new president of the Bay Area Rapid Transit Board of Directors is looking to ban union workers from walking off the job in the future.
A smaller BART union has been notified of a typo in the contract they have approved.
More California voters think that organized labor does more harm than good, according to the latest Field Poll that shows a dramatic shift in the state’s attitudes about labor unions.
BART officials say they are hopeful that negotiations with the transit agency’s two biggest labor unions Thursday and Friday will resolve a heated dispute over paid family medical leave, a spokeswoman said.