BART Unhappy With Unions' Latest Proposal, Gov. Jerry Brown Unhappy With Both Sides

Categories: BART, Labor

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Still no movement.
BART and the unions are sitting down again this morning to talk about management's feelings over the latest union proposal -- and it's not good.

According to Rick Rice, spokesman for BART, the unions have rolled out a newish offer that he says is hardly a game-changer.

"They went from 5 percent per year wage increases with a pension swap to 4.5 percent per year increases with a pension swap, which is still 17 percent over three years," Rice said. "We do not see that it represents significant movement."

Rice continued, saying that BART management is "firm" on negotiating a four-year contract. However, "if you extrapolate this new proposal over that period, this is still a 21.5 percent increase," he noted.

And lastly, Rice said "our current offer with a 10 percent pay increase over four years is at the end of the runway."

We asked BART unions to comment on Rice's comments but nobody has gotten back to us with a comment.

Meanwhile Gov. Jerry Brown, who imposed a 60-day cooling off period to spare us all of another BART strike this past month, is getting tired of this transit drama. He told reporters yesterday that he's a little miffed the two sides haven't held one negotiating session since the cooling-off period started, until yesterday.

"I do not want to see a strike, I urge the parties to get real," Brown said.

The cooling off period ends Oct. 10, which means you should definitely get your car serviced by then -- just in case.




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