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BART Workers Go On Strike, No Service Monday

Check out Patch's BART strike survival guide.

By David Mills

BART workers went on strike early Monday after labor talks Sunday evening failed to produce a contract.

Union workers held a press conference at midnight to announce their members would walk off the job on Monday morning.

Consult the BART Strike Survival Guide for bus, ferry and carpool info. 

One union leader said she was "deeply disappointed it has come to this."

Another union representative said BART management "never intended to negotiate a contract with us fairly and squarely."

Negotiations had resumed at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, but union representatives left the talks about 8:30 p.m.

BART spokesman Rick Rice said BART has made a "fair offer" that includes an 8 percent pay raise over four years.

“We have a long way to go, but we can’t get any closer if we aren’t at the table," said Rice. "We reached tentative agreements on 11 items today and we should use that momentum to reach a deal. Walking away doesn’t do any good."

However, union leaders said the management proposal fell far short. They pointed out their members had not had a pay raise in four years and had given up $100 million in concessions since the last contract was signed in 2009.

The unions had asked Gov. Jerry Brown to impose a 60-day cooling off period, but the governor on Sunday afternoon said he wouldn't grant the request at this time.

Overnight, BART closed and secured all their stations to protect their property.

BART police will continue to patrol the stations. The 24-hour command center will also remain open.

BART will continue to do inspections on their tracks. Trains running during the strike are making inspections. They'll be operated by trained managers.

The parking lots at 33 BART stations will remain open. They'll be free for carpools and other uses. However, elevators at those lots will not be in operation.

Passengers at so-called joint-use stations will be able to access other transportation services. That includes Muni in four San Francisco stations and Amtrak trains at the Richmond station.

BART is paying for 58 charter buses to pick up San Francisco-bound commuters at four stations -- Walnut Creek, East Dublin-Pleasanton, El Cerrito del Norte and Fremont.

The buses will be able to handle 2,000 to 4,000 people in each direction each day. They're available in the East Bay from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. and in San Francisco from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Passengers will need to transfer to another bus at the West Oakland station. Commuters will not be able to catch a bus at that station without transferring from another bus.

Ironically, BART set a ridership record for a Sunday this weekend. The transit trains carried more than 276,000 people on the day before the strike. The Gay Pride festivities in San Francisco were the prime reason for the high level of ridership.

BART had extra trains running and extra police officers on duty. The transit district thanked its employees for making the service possible.

It appears union workers at AC Transit will not be on strike on Monday. Their contract also expired at midnight Sunday, but union leaders said in a Facebook post on Sunday evening they would negotiate until midnight and also give the public 24 hours notice before a strike.

Also on Monday, California's gasoline tax increases by 3.5 cents,so people who are driving instead of taking BART will pay a little extra at the pump.
Barney Google July 01, 2013 at 08:39 AM
Greedy SEIU workers
Mona July 01, 2013 at 10:55 AM
I agree Another reason Unions should lose there power.
Jasper Stein July 01, 2013 at 11:10 AM
BART Let them strike!!!!! According to the Mercury News, the average BART employee salary in 2012 was $83k. With benefits, it was $116k. BART union employees are one of the few in the Bay Area who contribute ZERO to their own pensions. Also, within their current contract, they are scheduled to receive a 1% raise beginning Monday. On top of that raise, they want a 23% raise over the next three years
Adell July 01, 2013 at 12:25 PM
It's a shame when the media dose not get their information correct. Of course, BART does not help deliver the correct information either. According to the media and BART, workers pay/benifits are amazing! If this was the case many BART workers cwho have children that just graduated from high school (and are planning on going to college or a trade school ) would not find it neccessary to apply for student loans, grants, and other help for college expenses. I am always amazed when contract time comes around. BART makes it's workers appear to be very well off in salary/benefits. However, the families DO NOT see the amount of money BART claims they recieve. If the current BART offer was accepted by the Unions, they would be taking a step backwards in pay, etc. I'm curious how many of you out there think a $1.00 pay raise per year is acceptable to the welfare of your families. One dollar will not even buy you a seat on the bus, a cup of coffee, or a ride on the BART system! With "0" pay raise in 4 years and $100 million in concessions over the same perid of time, I find it puzzling that BART can transfer over $150 million dollars into it's General Fund and still not have the money to be able to offer it's dedicated employees a fair contract.
Jasper Stein July 01, 2013 at 09:16 PM
Adell, What is the correct information. When you question the data, you need to show the correct data, do you have the correct data. I doubt It, a do gooder who probably never uses Bart
Jasper Stein July 01, 2013 at 09:17 PM
Sounds like she is a union member?
Adell July 02, 2013 at 10:57 AM
Jasper, I am not a union member, or BART employee, my husband is. I know how much his pay is, and it is not $83K a year as you mentioned. Benifits are good. However, the raise you mentioned was a condition of the last contract negotiation. The conditions were met by the union workers ( though BART did not expect them to be), and the 1% increase is retroactive and equals to .30 cents an hour. You are correct to say that I don't ride BART, except for my once a year trek into the city at Christmas., and I do thank you for calling me a "do gooded", I always hoped someone would think so. You did not mention my comment on the $150 million transfer BART made into the general fund. BART is compalining about lack of money, where did this come from? Also, do you know that BART wastes enormous amounts of money on coffee mug "gifts" for their employees everytime the ridership increases? I have enough coffee mugs to last my whole life! Yes, I support my husband's union and would gladly go out on the picket line with him to support the union. BART is not telling the truth to the media. How much money do YOU think the upper management is bringnging home? Do you think they are looking for grants, scholarships, etc., to sent their children to state or community colleges? They are by no means suffering. While the union took a cut over the last 4 years, the mamagement increased their pay, benifits, etc. Fair? I don't think so. Thank you for you comments though. I appreciate them!

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