BART trains are running on schedule with no problems expected for tomorrow's commuter crunch following a week of strikes and uncertainty.
BART management and its main employee unions, the
Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 and Service Employees International Union Local 1021, agreed Saturday to keep trains running for 30 days pending continued negotiations.
Negotiations will continue for the next month as a new contract has yet to be agreed on, but the agreement recommended by state mediators to extend BART's existing contract will keep the trains running until at least Aug. 4.
If and when a new contract is approved, it will be retroactive to July 1, the day that the previous contract had expired.
"We're very, very pleased that these workers will be back to work and the trains will be running again in the Bay Area," said Marty Morgenstern, the state secretary of labor. "The battle's not over, the job's not done, and everyone will be working as hard as they have between now and Aug. 4 to make sure that they have a good contract that keeps the trains running."