BART Unions Say They Have a Plan to Get Trains Running by 10 p.m. Tonight (Update)
Update 8:30 p.m.: It was wishful thinking. BART's management issued a statement just now essentially saying there's not a chance in hell they'll accept the unions' latest proposal, which was released at about 5 p.m. today. Here's the statement from BART leaders:
In response to the union leaders' statement tonight, BART would welcome an end to the strike. However, we cannot accept the ultimatums contained in the union leaders' letter. The letter is simply a repeat of the same unacceptable offer they made at the bargaining table yesterday before the union leaders ordered members to walk off the job
Original story 5:17 p.m. Perhaps seeing how upset commuters are with them, BART's largest unions cobbled together a new plan that they say will hopefully get the trains up and running this weekend.
At a 5 p.m. news conference, SEIU Local 1021 and ATU Local 1555, told reporters that they sent this proposal to the BART Board of Directors and General Manager Grace Crunican, outlining a clear path to "jumpstart contract talks and get the trains running."
Dubbed, the "Riders First Plan," the proposal asks BART to agree to accept the unions' compromise language on past practice while the workers agreed to recommit to all of the tentative agreements they have already achieved on a variety of work rules.
Also, the unions are asking that both sides establish a High Level Working Group facilitated by a Federal Mediation Service representative, which could really help.
Read the letter yourself:
No word from BART management about whether they're willing to sign, but if all goes well, you just might have a ride home from the bars tonight.