Oakland, CA – SEIU Local 1021 announced today that despite their best efforts, BART management’s continued failure to negotiate in good faith had forced them to call for a strike.
“We regret to say that after waiting for hours, we’ve received no new proposals from BART. They’ve not responded to our safety concerns and continued to stall on negotiations. BART workers have had one goal in these negotiations – to make sure we can improve safety for both workers and riders. Tonight, the leadership of BART showed that they don’t share this goal,” said Josie Mooney, SEIU Local 1021 spokesperson. “A strike is always the last resort and we have done everything in our power to avoid it. Unfortunately, BART seems intent on forcing a strike. We are disappointed that BART’s failure to bargain honestly and fairly means that hundreds of thousands of Bay Area commuters have to suffer.”
Over the last few days, BART management failed to put forward or address substantive proposals that would help bring about a resolution. Instead, they delayed bargaining and left union negotiators waiting for hours. BART workers had put forward proposals to reduce medical and pension costs, as well as address critical safety issues.
Monday Media Availabilities:
Representatives from the union will be available to the press at the Civic Center BART Station – Union Plaza in San Francisco tomorrow at 4:30 am. There will be a community rally in support of BART and City of Oakland workers at 12 pm at Frank Ogawa Plaza at 12 pm, followed by another community rally at the Civic Center BART Station in San Francisco at 5 pm.