BART has released an updated calendar of labor negotiations as well as a brief statement on the how far apart they remain from the unions.
The release is below:
The following schedule has been developed by the mediator facilitating labor negotiations between BART and its 2 largest unions. All sessions will take place at the Caltrans Building located at 111 Grand Ave in Oakland.
All sessions will begin at 9:30am unless otherwise noted.
The term “generals” means BART will negotiate with both ATU and SEIU the general provisions of the contract (this is where the economics are discussed and negotiated: wages, pension, and medical contributions). The term “supplementals” means BART with negotiate with one specified union the contract provisions which impact only that specified union.
September 23, Generals
September 24, ATU Supplementals, 10am.
September 25, Generals
September 26, SEIU-ATU caucus day
September 27, Generals, 1:00pm.
September 28, ATU Supplementals, 10:30am
September 29, SEIU Supplementals
September 30, ATU-SEIU optional caucus day, otherwise Generals
October 1, Generals
October 2, Generals
October 3, Generals
October 4, Generals
October 5, optional day (on call of the mediator)
October 6, day of rest
October 7, Generals
October 8, Generals
October 9, Generals
October 10, Generals
“BART is 100% committed to reaching a fair and reasonable contract agreement,” said BART Spokesman Rick Rice. “This calendar provides ample meeting time to reach a deal and avoid a strike as long as union leadership is committed to negotiating a sustainable contract. BART’s current offer is a 10% wage increase over 4 years with a very reasonable pension and medical contribution by employees. Unions are asking for a 17% wage increase over 3 years with includes a fully reimbursed pension contribution and small increases to the $92 per month flat rate they currently pay for medical coverage.”
“We remain $112 million apart. BART is looking for the unions to make the same type of movement BART has shown with its offer progression in order to get the deal done,” said Rice.