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Opinion - September 20, 2013

No settlement in sight with BART 'cooling off' period ending in 3 weeks

In these final days of Gov. Jerry Brown's "cooling off" period that temporarily halted the BART transit strike on Aug. 11, there's still not much to cheer about other than both BART management and unions are talking occasionally. BART spokesman Rick Rice's email messages to city leaders last Monday says it all: the most recent union proposal wasn't "game-changing." The unions went from a 5% per year wage increase demand with a pension swap to 4.5% per year increases with a pension swap that still amounts to 17% over the next three years. BART is demanding a four-year contract and if the unions' new proposal is extrapolated over that period, it amounts to a 21.5% increase. BART's current offer, still astounding by any private sector comparison, is for a 10% pay increase over the next four years.

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