Officials unveil BART strike continge...

Officials unveil BART strike contingency plan

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Vallejo, CA

#1 Sep 26, 2013
Officials unveil BART strike contingency plan

With another possible strike on the horizon, Bay Area Rapid Transit officials unveiled a transportation contingency plan that will provide commuters with a range of options.

The $21 million plan released Tuesday would provide 200 free charter buses, extra car pool lanes and even limited train service run by managers, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

If no deal is reached, BART employees could strike as early as Oct. 11, when a cooling-off period ordered last month by Gov. Jerry Brown expires.

The contingency plan is more aggressive than the one used during a strike in July – the number of charter buses was tripled in the new plan – primarily because BART ridership peaks in the fall by about 30 percent.

An average of about 200,000 riders takes BART roundtrip on a weekday.

Officials also planned to have carpool lanes in effect all day, rather than just during commute hours. New diamond lanes would be added on Highway 24 near the Caldecott Tunnel.

Even with the cooling off period more than halfway complete, BART management and its largest labor unions are still far apart on key issues including wages, pensions and health care benefits. The two sides began meeting again Monday.

The plan still needs approval by BART’s board of directors; unions say the plan puts riders at risk.

Vallejo, CA

#2 Oct 13, 2013
BART Offers 12% Raise in Last Best and Final Offer, Unions Won’t Strike Monday

BART General Manager Grace Crunican issued the following statement after BART offered its last best and final proposal and the unions announced they will not strike on Monday:

“We have been working with our unions on labor negotiations since April 1st and tonight I gave a last best and final offer to the unions on behalf of the Board. We gave it at 4pm today which gave them ample time to ask any questions they had of us.

We’ve given them two weeks to consider the offer and take it to a vote of the members. I really hope that they are going to take it seriously and look at it. We are open to any ideas over those two weeks that they may have, we will try and keep that conversation open. It is time to bring this to a close. The Bay Area is tired of going to bed at night and not knowing if BART will be open or not. It is time to bring it to a close, it’s been long enough.

I appreciate the riders and the Bay Area’s support in standing by us while we negotiate and I hope we will get to a deal here.

The package is $7 million dollars more than the offer we gave them Friday night. The package is a 3% raise per year. It is a total of a 12%. 4% for pension and 9.5% for medical. I think it is good for them and good for us.

Vallejo, CA

#3 Oct 17, 2013
BART unions plan to strike Friday after the two sides failed to reach an agreement during a marathon bargaining session that lasted nearly 29 hours.

Vallejo, CA

#4 Oct 17, 2013
They want to get the pay scale of doctors with the education level of janitors.
drumk union goom

Vallejo, CA

#5 Oct 17, 2013
go bart workers, kam bart mangament.
blue collar

Vallejo, CA

#6 Oct 17, 2013
Fred wrote:
They want to get the pay scale of doctors with the education level of janitors.
Ah. Now I get it. Azzhool.

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