BART trains running today; strike averted at least until Monday

Negotiators will stay at bargaining today, all weekend in effort to reach agreement

BART management and its labor unions announced late last night that contract negotiations would continue today and through the weekend.

A BART strike could potentially begin as early as Monday if the negotiations fail, said President of SEIU 1021 Roxanne Sanchez.

In a message to city and county leaders last night, a BART representative said BART negotiators "are currently at the table with union leadership working to reach a contract settlement and avert a strike."

"The unions have not yet provided a courtesy strike notice, though they have not taken a Friday

strike off the table," said Roddrick Lee, BART's Government and Community Relations director. "It is our hope that union leadership will agree to extend talks and not strike. We are prepared and willing to meet all weekend and as long as it takes."

Lee said that in the event a strike is called, BART will notify the public through its website at, its email alert list and the media. BART's contingency plan can be found on

The BART information call center (510 465-2278) will be fully staffed in the event of a strike from 5 a,m. to 8 p.m.


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Posted by Fire Them All
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 11, 2013 at 8:58 am

BART management. man up. Stay the course, even if it means firing all of the BART slugs. They can easily be replaced. Very few of them are that skilled, especially the operator slugs that ride around all day next to the big red button, while computers run the trains. You might even get some that are not surly slugs. Their compensation, benefits, and retirement are already outrageous. Paying them even more is simply unthinkable.

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