It's back to the bargaining table today as unions reject BART contract offers

State negotiators to rejoin talks in effort to avoid strike, which has now been authorized

Negotiators for BART management and its 2,800-plus union workers will return to the bargaining table today after the transit agency's two largest unions voted against management's contract offer by overwhelming margins.

Members of the BART chapter of Local 1021 of the Service Employees International Union, which represents about 1,400 mechanics, custodians, safety inspectors and clerical employees, voted against the proposal last Thursday by a margin of 98.5 percent to 1.5 percent. About 70 percent of the union's members participated in the vote.

The rejection by SEIU Local 1021 followed a unanimous vote against the contract offer two days earlier by BART's second-largest union, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555, which represents about 900 train operators, station agents and power workers.

ATU Local 1555 President Jesse Hunt said about three-quarters of his members participated in the vote and all of those who voted cast "no" votes.

Jean Hamilton, the president of BART's third-largest union, Local 3993 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which represents about 200 middle managers, said she hasn't scheduled a vote

for her members because she needs to get more information from management.

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. However, union leaders haven't yet called for a strike and say they want to continue negotiations with management.

State mediators, who entered the talks on June 26, will rejoin the process today.

There are two small unions that represent BART police officers and managers but they're barred from going on strike. They haven't voted yet because they want more details on management's offer, according to BART spokesman Linton Johnson.

Jeb Bing, Bay City News

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Posted by Kathy
a resident of Birdland
on Jul 17, 2009 at 1:01 pm

LOCK THEM OUT !!! They are too dumb to be employed ..if they don't understand what is happening in the world in July 2009 !

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Posted by Dave
a resident of Birdland
on Jul 17, 2009 at 1:54 pm

Agree with Kathy...............excessive benfits, superb wages, and they are ignorant about the state of the economy today. Put them out in the street and let them see the real world for a change!

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jul 17, 2009 at 2:31 pm

I am hopeful that the union will prevail! VIVA!

BART work hard and they deserve every penny that they earn.


former jealous bug...

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jul 17, 2009 at 2:43 pm

Correction: BART employees work hard...get a life whiners....

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Posted by Cesar
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Jul 19, 2009 at 4:05 pm

A simple way to get Bart workers to accept deal.

Post a Help Wanted sign.

38 to 48 bucks an hour, great benefits and retirement.

See how many qualified people show up. Thousands would.
Whoever does not show up or work (strike), will be replaced.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jul 19, 2009 at 5:14 pm

I don't believe that thousands would show up for anything. Unless of course, somebody found a roll of thousand dollar bills and requested that the owner please form a line at the Post Office to claim.

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Posted by Bart Rider
a resident of Pleasanton Village
on Jul 20, 2009 at 8:35 am

The are over paid and can be replaced at a lot lower rate. Take the strike and get Bart costs down so we the public doesn't have to keep paying higher rates that are used to overpay Bart employees.

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Posted by ???
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 20, 2009 at 9:03 am

Wonder why Bart management can't seem to get their act together and do the right thing by calling the union's bluff. We can replace all those dime-a-dozen positions with our neighbors south of the border. Then Bart can operate with less than 1/4 of its current operational cost. Riders will benefit from improved service and lower fare. Everyone wins, except for those greedy unions.

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Posted by Julia Pardiniyo
a resident of another community
on Jul 20, 2009 at 10:03 am

BART Management show some back bone...let the brain dead go on strike. They should be damn happy to have a reason to get up in the morning and/or night which the case. And Cholo, you are a great example of brain dead. I'm sure every one of you can be replaced in 5 minutes. Cesar, your right on, just put the word out and see the thousands that would report for simple training and I mean simple...sitting on your butt and watching where the train is going and using the red button if and when necessary...which is almost never. And also Cholo(I can't imagine a mother naming a child Cholo) you and your over paid clowns are a great example a why the situation is what it is. Show some back bone and put your real handle out there.

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Posted by Dave Johnson
a resident of Birdland
on Jul 20, 2009 at 12:21 pm

Julia, don't waste your time trying to have any kind of reasonable dialogue with the likes of Cholo or Lolo. I suspect this forum with their meaningless comments is the only outlet for their frustrations with their lives. I have never read a sensible response from her/him to any question or comment.

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Posted by Popo
a resident of Livermore
on Jul 20, 2009 at 12:30 pm

Julia Pardiniyo doesn't even come up on ZABA Search or Intellus? Hmmmmmmm...

What could it mean? Maybe Julia Pardiniyo doesn't even exist?


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Posted by Very Concerned
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 20, 2009 at 1:34 pm

BART "workers", go ahead and strike, make OUR day.

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Posted by Julia Pardini
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 24, 2009 at 9:12 am

WoW...Mr. Dave Johnson, you're correct, a dialogue with Cholo, Lolo and Popo would be quite difficult. In fact it would be like trying to communicate with the Three Stooges, oh maybe that would be eaiser.

Hey, by the way, Cholo, Lolo and Popo...I don't know how the "yo" got attached to my name. It's Pardini and that's Italian, so watch your P's and Q's, if you know what that means.

Have a good day, Cholo, Lolo and Popo...that's also reminds me of another funny group...Snap, Crackle and Pop.

Take care boy's...Julia

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