BART Strike: Last-Second Proposals Could Avert Friday Morning Shutdown

    October 10, 2013
    Shana Norris
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The Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) has until midnight Thursday to arrive at an agreement with its labor unions. Negotiators offered a last second contract proposal Thursday afternoon in an effort to avoid a Friday morning shutdown that will affect some 400,000 riders in the San Francisco Bay Area.

As of 6pm, BART and union officials were still negotiating. No deal had been reached, and to the frustration of Bay Area residents, union officials hadn’t made an announcement about whether or not they would strike.

Today marks the end of a 60-day cooling off period ordered by California governor Jerry Brown back in August. Not surprisingly, one of the big points of contention in the negotiations is wage increases. The opposing sides were getting closer to an agreement when an all-day negotiation session fell through Wednesday night due to what BART called a “miscommunication.”

Union officials claim that management caused Wednesday’s break-down in negotiations by taking back a recent offer. Josie Mooney, chief negotiator for one of the two major labor unions involved said “We were stunned.”
As negotiations continue, Bay Area commuters hold their breath and hope that they won’t see a repeat of the July strike that slowed automobile traffic on freeways and bridges to a crawl and overtaxed the city’s busses and ferries.

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  • Jay Ache

    Let’s compare teachers’ salaries to Bart employees even teachers with master degrees or better! Teachers get no overtime pay!
    BART employees on both sides are selfish, overpaid and apparently undereducated.
    BART Police Officer: $135,464 including overtime
    Train Operator: $120,122 including overtime
    Customer Service: $110,958 including overtime
    Elevator Worker: $110,275 including overtime
    Cash Handlers: $108,629 including overtime
    Facility Maintenance Supervisor: 107,617 including overtime
    And the BART GM who has led BART into a budget deficit: $334,857
    Full database of BART Employee Salaries from the CC Times.

  • http://www.villarrestorations.com Lou Villar

    Why don’t they just go ahead and settle. give the union what they want. Management is just going to pass the cost on to the riders anyway with increase fares!