BART’S Largest Union Approves Labor Contract Ending 9 Months of Tense Negotiations

January 14, 2014 0:03 am · 7 comments

Members of BART’s largest labor union voted today to approve a contract agreement ending nine months of labor strife that included two short strikes that heavily impacted Bay Area commuters.

Eighty-seven percent of voting members of Service Employees Union Local 1021, which represents 1,430 mechanics, custodians and clerical workers, voted to approve the contract, according to SEIU 1021 spokeswoman Cecille Isidro.

The agreement, which was reached on Dec. 21, previously was approved by BART directors on Jan. 2 and by members of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555, which represents 945 station agents, train operators and foreworkers, the following day.

In approving the agreement, BART directors said it isn’t perfect and includes more money and benefits for employees that they had wished but they believe it’s a reasonable compromise because it requires employees to accept new workplace rules that will make the transit agency more productive and efficient.

The agreement resolved 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 new contract 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.

Contract talks between BART and its union began on April 1 and workers staged short strikes in July and October.

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Just sayin January 14, 2014 at 5:44 AM

Thank goodness! Now I can start selling my “SAVE A FIRE HYDRANT! RIDE BART” t=shirts

Anonymous January 14, 2014 at 8:44 AM

DeSaulnier and his union won.Public lost.

Union Supporter January 14, 2014 at 9:31 AM

Looking forward to our next strike in 4 years. Bleed Bart dry brothers!!

Sacto Rob January 14, 2014 at 9:39 AM

Just yesterday, on a party-line vote, a Senate committee killed a proposed law to outlaw public transit strikes in California. Two Bay Area Democrats, Jim Beall of San Jose, and Leland Yee of San Francisco delivered the deciding votes.
The Democrats are owned by the public employee unions. Get ready to watch government and government workers suck up ever more of your wealth and income to fund their fat and sassy retirements.

Ex-democrat January 14, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Of course they approved it. Who would reject a pot of gold?

Ranger January 14, 2014 at 1:11 PM

There’s only one thing to do, now. Vote
out all the Democrats in the next and
subsequent elections.

Concord Dad January 14, 2014 at 3:50 PM

I’m glad it’s settled and I wouldn’t say either side “Won” nobody came away from this contract a winner. Thats the way negotiations are supposed to be. I just wish they would have done it a lot FASTER!!

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