No new talks scheduled to avert BART strike


BART spokesman Linton Johnson said today that no additional talks have been scheduled with its second-largest union that is planning to go on strike Sunday at midnight.

Johnson said management negotiators have been trying to reach the leaders of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555, which represents about 900 train operators, station agents and power workers, to schedule additional talks but haven't received a response.

ATU Local 1555 President Jesse Hunt couldn't be reached for comment today.

Hunt announced his union's strike plans Thursday afternoon after BART board members voted 9-0 earlier in the day to impose pay and work rules on the union, effective immediately.

Johnson said management declared an impasse in its talks with ATU Local 1555 Wednesday night because the union wasn't reaching management's cost-cutting target.

He said management's goal is to achieve $100 million in labor cost savings in the next four years to help deal with its projected $310 million budget shortfall in that time span.

Two other BART unions voted earlier this week to approve management's contract offer but their leaders say they will respect picket lines if ATU Local 1555 goes on strike.

The other unions are Service Employees International Union Local 1021, which represents about 1,500 mechanics, custodians, safety inspectors and clerical employees, and American Federation of Local, State and Municipal

Employees Union Local 3993, which represents about 200 middle managers.

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