Yesterday, Assemblymember Phil Ting called on the state Assembly Labor and Employment Committee to hold an oversight hearing on safety violations affecting workers at the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) district.
A Statement from SEIU 1021 President Roxanne Sanchez:
“We applaud Assemblymember Ting’s leadership in bringing attention to the District’s continued disregard for worker safety. BART is getting unprecedented revenue as a result of record ridership, while workers are forced to work under conditions that are dangerous and getting worse. The workers who keep BART running are being asked to do more work for less, while the District is spending tremendous amounts fighting CalOSHA regulations that would make the system safer. It’s unconscionable and unfair.
As we stand less than 48 hours away from the contract expiration, workers will continue to fight to improve safety for both riders and workers.”
Over 1,400 workers responsible for repair, maintenance and cleaning of the BART system are currently in contract negotiations with the transit district, which carries about 400,000 Bay Area passengers each weekday. The four-year contract with workers represented by SEIU Local 1021 and three other unions expire on June 30th.
Cecille Isidro, SEIU 1021, 510-289-8767
Carlos Rivera, SEIU 1021, 415-260-7134