November 16, 2013

SFC transit agency calls for renewed union talks

BART officials said a family medical leave provision giving its 2,300 union workers up to six weeks of paid time off each year would be too expensive.

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Bay Area Rapid Transit passengers wait for a train at Oakland, Calif. San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit’s contract with its two largest unions appears to be facing uncertainty late Friday as the agency called for a return to the bargaining table, just weeks after the agreement settled a dispute that has already caused two strikes.

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“We’re going to discuss the options and one of them is to not to approve the contract,” Fang said Thursday. Fang said BART management had known about the issue since last week after conducting a final review of the deal, but that board members didn’t find out until Tuesday.

ATU Local 1555 President Antonette Bryant criticized the BART decision.

“Today, the BART Board of Directors chose to walk away from a deal it negotiated with our attorneys and leaders over a six-month span. On behalf of our riders, our members and the entire Bay Area, we are angered, shocked and disappointed,” Bryant said in a statement released early Saturday.

On Friday, Bryant said that the language in the contract was not inadvertent and that the deal is valid.

“An agreement is an agreement. BART has buyers’ remorse,” Bryant said. “Now that we have a deal, BART managers think they made a mistake, but they could have and should have identified that long before 2,300 union members voted on the new contract.

“We feel that this is a valid contract,” Bryant concluded.

If the board votes down the contract on Nov. 21, the unions may consider going on strike for the third time in three months.

SEIU’s Castelli questioned BART officials’ competence and good faith.

“It’s a further demonstration a combination of incompetence and no real desire to get an agreement,” he said. “I’ve been bargaining union contracts for over 25 years, and I have never seen anything like this happen, ever.”

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