Transit- BART unions will talk – after contract ratified – SFGate

Posted: November 22, 2013 in Uncategorized

Nov. 20, 2013

BART\’s two largest unions said Wednesday night that they\’re willing to sit down with transit agency officials and a mediator to work out their differences over a contested part of the tentative labor agreement – but only if BART directors ratify the contract.

BART\’s Board of Directors is scheduled to decide Thursday whether to approve the tentative agreement with the Service Employees International Union Local 1021 and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555, which represent about 2,300 workers ranging from train operators and station agents to janitors and clerical staff.

The district\’s directors said Friday night that the section providing workers with six paid weeks of family leave was signed in error and called for contract talks to be reopened. The unions, which have ratified the agreement, had refused to resume talks or reconsider the issue.

But they seemed to soften their position Wednesday evening when they issued the following statement:

\”It is our expectation that the Board of Directors will honor the agreement that their chief negotiator, assistant manager and labor relations manager made with the unions. We expect the board to meet their responsibility to the workers and to the riders and approve this contract.

\”In the context of the board approving the contract, we are willing, through the mediator, to meet and discuss the implementation of the family medical leave provision, including its cost.\”

BART officials could not be immediately reached for comment Wednesday night.

via BART unions will talk – after contract ratified – SFGate.

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