2 BART unions vote today, Thursday, but 3rd is holding out

Transit agency 'up a creek without a paddle' union leader says

BART's two biggest labor unions will vote this week on management's contract offer but the president of the third-largest union said Monday that she still doesn't have enough information to have her members vote on it.

Jean Hamilton, the president of Local 3993 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which represents about 200 middle managers, said her bargaining team met with BART negotiators Monday but management refused to provide any more details about its contract offer.

Hamilton said, "AFSCME is just waiting for the district to give us a fully formed proposal" and alleged that management "hasn't done its homework."

Hamilton said no further meetings have been scheduled and said management will be "up a creek without a paddle" if her union doesn't vote on the contract.

Leaders of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 and the BART chapter of Local 1021 of the Service Employees International Union said late Thursday night that they're not happy with management's proposed contract but they will give their members a chance to vote on it.

Members of ATU Local 1555, which represents about 900 train operators, station agents and power workers, will vote today.

Members of SEIU Local 1021, which represents about 1,400 mechanics, custodians, safety inspectors and clerical employees, will vote on Thursday.

BART management made its offer late Thursday night on the 99th day of its negotiations, shortly before the unions' four-year contract expired. Union members will work without a contract until they vote on the proposed new contract.

Members of ATU Local 1555, SEIU Local 1021 and AFSCME Local 3993 all voted overwhelmingly last month to approve a strike if a settlement isn't reached on a new contract.

There also are two small unions that represent BART police officers and managers.

However, members of the police unions are barred from going on strike.

Jeb Bing, Bay City News

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Posted by ca94566
a resident of Castlewood
on Jul 14, 2009 at 8:30 am

Three unions for BART? There is never anyone around the station; you buy your own ticket. What do they do?

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Posted by Dave Johnson
a resident of Birdland
on Jul 14, 2009 at 8:40 am

In response to ca94566, they continue to "milk" the system and still want more!

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Posted by J
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 14, 2009 at 10:39 am

Unless I mis-heard what was said on the news, the contract proposal they will be voting on calls for a 3 year pay freeze and benefits to be locked at the current levels. Seems to be a reasonable contract given the current economy and unemployment numbers. Not certain how the union president could not have enough information about that...seems pretty straight forward

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Posted by JessieJ
a resident of San Ramon
on Jul 14, 2009 at 12:24 pm

I have never really had a problem with an employee. Only crappy machines..

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jul 20, 2009 at 4:47 pm pay the machine for a ticket and the BART employees "GIVE" you a ride across the bay...problem solved!

If you don't like how CAPITALISM works, go back to where your ancestors came from? We Americans don't like putting up with a bunch of greedy jealous bugs that whine all day just because somebody is making out better than you...hahahahahaahhahaahahahahahaha...

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