BART Unions Announce End to Unfair Labor Practice Strike
Oakland, CA – After more than five months of contentious negotiations, SEIU 1021 and ATU 1555, BART’s largest unions reached a tentative agreement with the transit agency today and announced the end to a four-day unfair labor practice strike.
BART Chapter and BART Professional Chapter Presidents from SEIU 1021 released the following statements:
“Tonight the hard working men and women who keep the Bay Area moving, can go back to work making BART the most efficient and successful system in the country,” said John Arantes, BART Chapter President of SEIU 1021.
“We understand that the strike has been an incredible inconvenience to Bay Area commuters. BART workers were raising issues at the table that are important to all workers,” he continued, “and we thank the thousands of Bay Area men and women who supported our fight for a contract that puts the safety of riders and workers first.”
“Let us be clear that our commitment to improving the safety at BART doesn’t end with these negotiations,” said Des Patten, President of SEIU 1021’s BART Professional Chapter. “With this agreement, we expect that General Manager Grace Crunican will continue the dialogue with its unions on working conditions and health and safety at BART”
“We are proud to bring a tentative agreement that prioritizes rider and worker safety to our members for a vote,” Patten continued, “which preserves important workplace protections that enable workers to continue working with management to improve a rapidly-growing system.”
The tentative agreement must be voted on and ratified by members of the union, along with the BART Board of Directors before it takes effect. The agreement provides for reasonable wage increases, a compromise on pension and healthcare costs, in addition to work rule changes that allow for innovation and input from workers.