Keep BART Running [SEIU 1021]
It's hard to believe, but after two strikes and six months of negotiations, the BART negotiation saga is still being written. No one is likely to be happy with the ending, either.
After six months of contentious negotiations, two strikes and, finally, a hard-won labor agreement, BART's two largest unions are not about to give in.
What BART management calls a pricey error in the recently approved deal with its unions could end up being costly for the transit system’s riders and the Bay Area, especially if any future fervid negotiations fail and lead to another strike. The transit system needs to contain the fallout from this oversight by highly paid professionals on its team instead of pushing it back onto anyone else.
The unraveling of the transit agency's contract deal with its unions is yet another example of why Grace Crunican is not qualified for her job.
Immediately after reaching a deal that ended last month's transit strike, some of BART's top managers were privately insisting they got the better end of the bargain. They claimed to be actually happy with the public perception that they caved in giving workers a 15.4 percent raise over four years.
San Francisco transit officials are calling for a return to the bargaining table, saying an expensive provision was "erroneously" included in a labor contract that settled a union dispute that had caused two recent strikes.