SEIU 1021 Statement on Today’s Meeting with BART Management on Disputed Provision in Labor Contract

Today BART’s largest unions, SEIU 1021 and ATU 1555, met with the federal mediator and BART Management regarding the disputed contract provision on paid family medical leave.

Today’s meeting lasted until 8:00 p.m. and will resume tomorrow at noon.

Statement from SEIU 1021 BART Chapter President John Arantes:

“We looked to today’s meeting as an opportunity to reach a fair and equitable resolution to the dispute regarding family medical leave, and we came to the meeting with every intention to reach an agreement with BART Management.

We met with the District today in an effort to do just that, and we will be back to meet tomorrow in an attempt to reach an agreement.”

Statement from BART Professional Chapter Vice President Saul Almanza released the following statement:

“The workers and more importantly, the riders deserve a quick and fair resolution to Management and the BART Board’s decision to unnecessarily prolong contract talks. We expected that General Manager Grace Crunican and BART Management to share in our commitment to reaching an agreement tonight.

It’s with great disappointment to announce that as of this evening, we’ve not reached a resolution to these months of contract talks. However, we remain committed to working towards a resolution that is fair for everyone.”

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