Friday, January 3, 2014

BART has an agreement with unions, union members asked to ratify

San Francisco Chronicle/John Wildermuth, 1/2/14.  "BART board approves contract with unions."

BART management and unions agreement,
union member ratification January 3rd and 13th
"It was a tough negotiation, but we're here," board President Joel Keller said at the special meeting at BART's Oakland headquarters.  The revised agreement still has to be ratified by members of Service Employees International Union 1021 and Amalgamated Transit Union 1555, but leaders of both unions are recommending approval.  The ATU vote is set for Friday, with the SEIU ratification vote on Jan. 13.

....   Keller already has said he wants to ban strikes by the unions to avoid a repeat of this year's troubles when a new contract comes up in four years. He plans to bring that proposal up at the board's first meeting in February.  ....  But union officials argued that strikes are an unwelcome but necessary part of collective bargaining and said that Keller's effort, which would need to be approved by the state Legislature or by voters, would go nowhere."   Read article.

Related -  KHOU/Business/Associated Press/Lisa Leff, 12/22/13.  ....  "Bay Area Rapid Transit district and union leaders said the four-year deal reached early Saturday settles a dispute over paid medical leave for employees that arose last month after the two sides had approved an October agreement that ended the second of two strikes BART workers staged this year. ....  Under the revised agreement BART posted on its website, workers who need to take time off to care for sick family members will be allowed to decide how to use sick days, vacation time and other accumulated paid days off to maintain their paychecks. They also will have the option of taking up to 12 days off without pay."  Note:  photograph from this article.

Posted by Kathy Meeh

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