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BART strike over! Trains back in service today

'Offer is more than we wanted to pay' - BART manager

Limited BART train service began about 6 a.m. today after unions and BART management reached an agreement to end the four-day old system-wide strike.

But news of the settlement came late last night and many workers apparently didn't get word of the agreement in time to report for work on schedule this morning. As a result, although stations opened, there were few trains at the start of the morning rush hour.

Full restoration of service is expected in time for the afternoon commute, BART general manager Grace Crunican said.

This morning, BART riders continued to get onto shuttle buses that BART and Wheels continued to provide at the East Dublin/Pleasanton station.

Freeways also were crowded in the early hours with many BART riders driving into San Francisco either not aware the strike is over or frustrated by waiting for trains that had yet to show up.

Expanded HOV hours are in effect non-stop today from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. on I-80, I-880, I-680, and Bay Area toll bridges, according to the California Highway Patrol.

BART management and two of its unions announced a tentative agreement Monday night, ending the four-day strike with partial train service.

Contract negotiations resumed Monday afternoon after service was suspended when workers walked off the job Friday. The walkout was the second

this year, after contentious negotiations resulted in a four-day strike in July.

Management and union leaders from Service Employees International Union Local 1021 and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 worked with a

federal mediator to reach the tentative agreement, which still must be approved by BART's Board of Directors and put up for a vote by the two

unions.

The unions submitted a new contract offer Sunday night that included concessions related to work rules governing the use of technology but in the proposal union members "insisted on retaining work rules" that protect safety.

Flanked by politicians in Oakland Monday night, union leaders and BART management announced the end of the strike that snarled Bay Area traffic

and flooded alternative public transportation.

"This has got to be the last time this happens. I think everyone's fed up, no one wants to see this happen ever again," Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom said, adding that the new contract "sets a course to deal with grievances so they don't fester and create the kind of distrust" that led to the protracted negotiations over the last few months.

Newsom said that the details of that would be revealed over the coming days and weeks, but few other details of the agreement were revealed.

"This offer is more than we wanted to pay, but it is also a new path for our partnership with our workers," Crunican said. "We compromised to

get to this place as did our union members.

Hannah Albarazi, Bay City News, contributed to this story.

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Posted by travel
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 22, 2013 at 8:47 am

Agree with Gavin, this can't happen again!


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Oct 22, 2013 at 9:42 am

There are ways to Slow Down a system that is unresponsive to workers...be patient...should the gracie assume that she is Queen Victoria again, she'll have do deal with another hard lesson...nobody listens to that two faced gavin anyways...your next foolish governor!

i rest my case...


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Posted by Mike Cherry
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 22, 2013 at 10:17 am

Web Link

In the words of Agnes Heller: "When the voices of 'little people' are ignored, sometimes those with power need to be made to pay attention."

Kudos to the Bart workers for stepping forward. Their victory will send positive reverberations across the nation.

And Kudos to Cholo for his indefatigability in the face of shameful media censorship.


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Posted by Daveg
a resident of Birdland
on Oct 22, 2013 at 11:12 am

Daveg is a registered user.

Have to agree with Cholo re Gavin


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Posted by Right
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 22, 2013 at 4:10 pm

Mikie, despite your link to the far left dailykostic, the union did not win, they caved. The workers haven't voted yet, so we will see....in the meantime, union tools such as yourself will have to find other windmills to tilt at. Or, maybe you could stop trying to make sure taxpayers, middle class commuters and hard working private sector employees don't get the shaft in favor of your public sector drones.........


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Posted by Mike Cherry
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 22, 2013 at 5:28 pm

"This offer is more than we wanted to pay, but it is also a new path for our partnership with our workers," Crunican said.

Yeah, boy did they ever cave!


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