BART Labor Talks Aren't Going Well At All (Update)

Categories: BART, Labor

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BART and its unions at the bargaining table
Update 1:17 p.m.: BART says union's proposal would mean a double-digit fare increase. Read full update at the bottom.

If you're currently frustrated by the 10-15-minute delays on BART this morning, then you'll be even more annoyed by this distressing news: BART and its unions aren't getting any closer to dodging another strike.

With a week left to come up with a contract, both sides are reporting that labor talks are not going so well.

And the sticking points seem to be the same.

See Also: BART Preps For A Longer, More Annoying Strike

BART Director Zachary Mallet was unyielding when talking to CBS News, saying employees need to kick in a little more cash. "They pay nothing into their pension and medical, it's just $92 a month," he said.

Union reps didn't have much to say to that, pointing out that a lot of these issues could maybe be resolved if BART's lead negotiator, Tom Hock, would ever come back from vacation. As SF Weekly reported earlier, negotiations paused when Hock, who is getting paid $399,000, took some much-needed time off.

Meanwhile, BART and its unions only have until Aug. 4 to come up with some sort of compromise or else the Bay Area might be crippled by another much longer and more painful transit strike.

"If BART can get their act together and actually bargain with us meaningfully, we can still get an agreement and that's the goal, but we're not ruling out any option. I'll just put it that way," Service Employees International Union Local 1021 President Pete Castelli said.

The only thing both sides can agree on is that they're willing to extend the deadline past Aug. 4 if and only if they're making progress.

Update: BART fired off a press release this afternoon, claiming that while there has been some small areas of agreement, there's still very large disagreements, namely with salaries, pensions, and medical contributions. According to BART, the union's latest demands for a 20 percent pay increase over three years would equate to a 18 percent fare increase over that same time period.

Would you be willing to pay for that to avoid another strike?




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Tyler Pruitt
Tyler Pruitt

$50,000 base salary for someone that honks a horn, opens and close doors, and watches a computer drive the train? When are we going to fully automate the trains and be done with these union workers?

aliasetc
aliasetc topcommenter

Ronnie Reagen fired all the ATC'S when they struck! Jerry Moonbeam is a pussy. Fire all the BARF strikers and forfet their pensions unless they take a pay cut. Fuck the bastards!

Steven Stello
Steven Stello

I love how BART workers are always like "we ONLY get 50k a year!". Wow! I live in SF and make less then that, you dont see me wcting like an ungreatful spoiled kid

塞繆塞繆
塞繆塞繆

And I'm sure there will be a strike once it's all done since management got a raise

Justin Moran-Abel
Justin Moran-Abel

fire them all. there are plenty of folks out there who need work these days.

John Lilly
John Lilly

Cut everyone's pay 10% across the board. Get with the program you greedy fux.

Stan James
Stan James

Stop paying management so much money! You know they get raises

NorCal Crowe
NorCal Crowe

And please tell me that theres isnt a point does the Bart go "Hostess" and blames the union and just shuts the whole thing down....that cant happen can it???

mrericsir
mrericsir topcommenter

And what kind of fare increase would we be talking about if only the WORKERS got a raise?

Kr Cie
Kr Cie

what a load of crap. way to pass the buck, management. bart has seen a surplus in recent years! how about management give up a couple hundred thousand of their own salaries.

塞繆塞繆
塞繆塞繆

Fire them all. There r a lot of people out there that would be happy to get what there getting paid!

Stan James
Stan James

The quality issue was not pushed...but managers are the problem at BART

mrericsir
mrericsir topcommenter

@John Lilly Nah, how about we cut 10% of your salary instead, you greedy fuck?

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