BART Strike Appears Imminent As Board Votes to Impose Contract

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The BART Board of Directors voted unanimously today to unilaterally impose terms and conditions of employment on members of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555, which represents up to 900 train operators, station agents and other workers, setting the stage for a potential strike as soon as tomorrow.

The move came after talks between management and the union fell apart last night, leading BART management to declare an impasse.

"This is a very difficult decision for any body of elected officials because it is always hoped you can reach an equitable and fair agreement with your employees," said Director Joel Keller following a closed-door executive session.

Jesse Hunt, the ATU President, has called a 4 p.m. news conference but has been quoted as saying his members could strike as soon as tomorrow. Other unions have pledged to honor the strike, and not cross the picket lines. ATU members voted to reject a contract offer Monday.

We’ll be tweeting from the press conference. More coverage at SF Gate, Merc, and KCBS.

  • If they do strike, I really hope they give more notice. I support the union, but they are going to cut off their nose if they completely kill public support.

  • I’d like to hear some solid justifications about why that contract isn’t enough. BART employees have received some pretty generous raises in the past, so I’d like to know why they shouldn’t make significant sacrifices now.

    Those past contracts are one of the reasons we’re in this mess.

  • James

    Can I vote? I vote that they don’t do it until Monday. I don’t take BART, almost never drive, but am trying to get out of town for weekend. If they go on strike, they are going to lose my support.

  • bob

    100K+ per year to run a train that was designed to run itself… Stay classy BART.

  • Anonymous

    BART’s employees are VASTLY, VASTLY overpaid and the new contract is FAR to generous. A bart train operator’s job is essentially to announce stations and close doors – minimum wage skills that should be paid minimum wage. Even worse are the station agents who do marginally less than WalMart greeters. I say fire ’em all. I’m sure they’d have people lining up for the jobs at even $10/hour.

  • bart user

    wtf

    fire them all – in tough times like these – we’re all losing (our jobs, houses) – prices are rising (gas, electricity, services) government is cutting everything (schools, parks) .

    Everything is going bad for EVERYONE – and we’re all paying… Except for these rediculous BART employees — they want a raise…

    Thank you, but my offer to BART employees is this – YOU’RE FIRED !!!!

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