Votes to Approve BART Agreement Likely Won’t Happen this Week

December 24, 2013 8:27 am · 7 comments

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 today.

BART and its two biggest unions reached a tentative agreement early Saturday morning but the transit agency’s board of directors most likely won’t vote on it until Jan. 2 at the earliest, BART spokesman Jim Allison said.

He said BART Board President Joel Keller wants the board to have a special meeting on Jan. 2 so the vote can be held then but a firm date probably won’t be set until after Christmas.

The board’s next regular meeting is Jan. 9 so the board is trying to schedule a special meeting before then so it can vote on the tentative agreement, Allison said.

Members of Service Employees International Union Local 1021, which represents 1,430 mechanics, custodians and clerical workers, and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555, which represents 945 station agents, train operators and foreworkers, won’t vote until after the BART board votes, Allison said.

The tentative agreement resolves a dispute over a paid family medical leave provision that management said had been inserted in a previous tentative agreement by mistake but leaders of the two unions said was intended by all parties to be part of the pact.

The new agreement doesn’t include paid family medical leave but does expand paid time off for bereavement leave to include deaths of grandchildren or stepparents of a spouse or domestic partner.

The tentative pact also calls for the construction of break rooms in the Daly City, Millbrae and West Oakland stations and allows qualifying employees more flexibility in how they pay for the costs of their family medical leave, plus additional administrative changes to the contract.

BART General Manager Grace Crunican said in a statement, “After eight months of uncertainty for our riders, this deal will guarantee that every ounce of the agency’s focus will be directed to providing great service to the Bay Area during the peak holiday period and beyond.”

Union leaders couldn’t be reached for comment today.

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{ 7 comments }

1 mike mac December 24, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Time to get a new Board which has the cajones to stand up to the public unions and who will stop wasting taxpayer and rider funds.

2 Anon December 24, 2013 at 9:38 AM

Mike Mac– you are 1000% on the money

Most of the employees should be happy they have a job

3 Ted K. December 24, 2013 at 9:38 AM

OK… so it sounds like the unions now understand what the word “TENTATIVE” means.

4 Anon December 24, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Greedy, lazy, angry, mean, fat BART workers. Remember $100K and they demanded a 10% raise, Merry Christmas!

5 Anonymous December 24, 2013 at 10:43 AM

The SEIU /BART union lady said that the Board is holding the public hostage. What a strange thing to say. The Board and General manager should be replaced if they go for this deal.

6 Anon December 24, 2013 at 12:34 PM

I feel for the riders who will end up paying for this mess in higher ticket cost. At some point it will cost less to drive.

7 Elwood December 24, 2013 at 2:52 PM

Spineless incompetent board.

Venal corrupt politicians.

Greedy amoral lying unions.

A perfect trifecta of scum.

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