BART, Unions Reach Accord -- Union Vote Could Come Next Week

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Seats: Still sticky. Union contracts: Tentatively agreed upon.
BART's trains don't run 24 hours -- but its negotiations with unions do. After an all-night session, bedraggled transit and union officials emerged, blinking, before cameras not long ago to announce a tentative pact. 

Several sources contacted by SF Weekly expected the transit system's three largest unions to vote on the painstakingly forged contract by next week. It is unclear if the union negotiating teams will give their constituents a positive, negative, or neutral recommendation on the contract -- but sources tied to both unions and management we talked with were all cautiously optimistic.

Jean E. Hamilton, the president and chief negotiator for AFSCME -- the smallest of BART's big three unions -- said that she and her board will suggest that the union's 220 members approve the contract when they vote on Tuesday or Thursday. She confirmed that all three unions signed off on the "conceptual agreement."
















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