BART unions to vote today on proposed new contract

Leaders of 2 largest unions recommending approval

Members of BART's two biggest labor unions will vote today on a tentative agreement for a new four-year contract that the transit agency's management and union negotiators reached last week.

Des Patten, a negotiator for Service Employees International Union Local 1021, which represents 1,430 mechanics, custodians and clerical workers, said his union's members will vote from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. Friday at the Oakland Marriott City Center Hotel.

Antonette Bryant, the president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555, which represents 945 station agents, train operators and foreworkers,

said her union's members will vote at three separate meetings throughout the day.

The union is scheduling different meeting times to accommodate the various shifts that employees work, she said.

Bryant said ATU Local 1555 hopes to announce the results of its members' ratification vote late Friday night but Patten said SEIU Local 1021 might not announce its results until Saturday morning.

If both unions approve the tentative agreement, BART's board of directors would vote on it either at their next regularly scheduled meeting on Nov. 21 or at a special meeting before then, transit agency spokesman Jim Allison said.

Patten said SEIU Local 1021's negotiating team is unanimously recommending that members approve the tentative agreement.

He said he thinks the union's members will approve it because he's already spoken to many workers about it and no one has said they will vote against it.

Bryant said ATU Local 1555's leadership also is recommending that members approve the agreement but she wasn't as sure about how the vote will


"We'll have to see what the members think about it," she said.

— Bay City News Service


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Posted by Cletus
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 30, 2013 at 9:13 am

It would actually be good if the BART workers rejected the contract. That might lead to BART riders not getting hit with still higher fares to pay outrageous compensation to BART slugs. Better they go back on strike which might actually motivate the BART Board to fire them, and the state Legislature and Moonbeam Brown to pass legislation to ban strikes by public transportation workers.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Oct 30, 2013 at 10:13 am

I CONGRATULATE the Union and it's membership for a noble fight to protect their rights! VIVA!

This is what America is all about. Fighting for you believe is right. GORA/VIVA!

Thank you for make America a better place!

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Oct 30, 2013 at 10:15 am

Correction: Fighting for what you believe is right! GORA!

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Posted by Joe
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 30, 2013 at 11:37 am

The issue will never be resolved fairly to all parties until the structure of the relationship changes. At present the BART unions are able to hold all other parties hostage via the strike threat. There are two ways out of this.

One, create a free market for BART labor. Of course this is specifically prohibited by the union contracts. This would be the LAST item given away by the unions - this is their lock on the situation, and more important than wages, benefits, or work rules.

Two, create legislation that identifies BART labor as a service necessary for the public welfare, as is the case with police and firefighters, and prohibits a strike.

If you support (2), I encourage you to contact your state representatives. Here in Pleasanton those people are Senator Mark DeSauliner (or Ellen Corbett for those on the far wast side), and Assembly member Joan Buchanan (or Bill Quirk for those in the far south and west).

Steve Glazer is running for Joan Buchanan's seat; she'll be termed out in 2014. He is actively supporting legislation to prevent future BART strikes.

You have an opportunity to vote for or against Mr. Glazer - whatever your position, be sure to vote!

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Posted by Cletus
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 1, 2013 at 9:10 am

It's truly amazing how you put you mental deficiencies on display almost every day. You also display your racism frequently.

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