BART’s Unions Extend Contract Talks Beyond End of the Cooling-Off Period to Avoid Strike

Oakland, CA – Bargaining teams for BART’s unions, SEIU 1021, ATU 1555, AFSCME 3993 released the following statement on the state of negotiations:

“Tonight we’ve had two significant changes at the bargaining table: elected BART Board members are now involved and engaged in negotiations in addition to Bay Area legislative leaders who agree on the need to avoid a strike. The Unions expect that the BART General Manager will sit down and bargain with workers beginning tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m., and will remain there until an agreement is reached. We believe that these developments can only help bring a resolution to these drawn-out negotiations and for this reason, we will continue bargaining through the weekend.

However, we feel we have to notify the public because the cooling-off period ends tonight at midnight. We are therefore giving notice that if there is no agreement by midnight on Sunday, October 13th, workers will be forced to strike.

Let there be no misunderstanding, that with the Board getting involved, the legislative leaders assisting, and the General Manager willing to sit down at the bargaining table, the Unions are continuing to negotiate and hope to avoid a strike. We remain hopeful that our good faith effort will be met with their good faith effort.”

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