Magazine article Workforce

BART Strike Ends in Wage Agreement

Magazine article Workforce

BART Strike Ends in Wage Agreement

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A WEEKLONG STRIKE BY THREE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA Rapid Transit (BART) workers' unions ended in agreement. State mediators worked with all four parties on settling the dispute. The strike began at 12:01 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at the expiration of a 60-day cooling-off period imposed by California Governor Pete Wilson.

On strike were 1,600 maintenance, clerical and administrative workers who are represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU); approximately 800 station agents and train operators with Local 1555 of the Amalgamated Transit Union; and 255 supervisory and middle management workers with Local 3993 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

The first morning the strike began, local highways and bridges were jammed, and accidents were plentiful as 270,000 commuters sought alternate routes to work. The San Francisco Examiner quoted Bill Lloyd, chief negotiator for Local 790 of the SEIU as saying: "We didn't want a strike. We haven't been able to make a fair deal, and we know that the public is being held hostage to this."

On the table was a management offera $28 million pay-and-benefits package -described by striking unions as "take it or leave it," and a union proposal-including a 5 percent pay hike-called "budget-busting" and "fare-increasing" by management. …

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