BART Strike July 4 Updates: Walkout Over, for Now
Update: California Secretary of Labor Marty Morgenstern announced at about 10:50 p.m. in Oakland that BART’s two striking unions have agreed to return to work as negotiations with management continue. Train service is to resume at 3 p.m. Friday. More details: Strike is over, for now: Unions agree to return to work while talks continue
10:40 p.m. tonight: As noted below, BART’s saying there’s no sign the strike will be over by tomorrow morning. But if you’re looking for a hopeful sign, we offer this: Negotiations continue at Caltrans District 4 headquarters in downtown Oakland.
9:30 p.m. Sent out by BART tonight …
“BART has received no indication that ATU and SEIU will return to work Fri., July 5th. Commuters should make alternative plans.”
Morning Service: First Come, First Served 7 buses at 5am at El Cerrito del Norte, Walnut Creek, Dublin/Pleasanton, Fremont & West Oakland Stations
If BART trains continue to remain out of service on Friday, July 5, BART will provide limited charter bus service to and from San Francisco during the peak commute periods: starting at 5am from five East Bay stations and 3pm – 7pm from San Francisco. Accessible vans will be available.
The limited charter bus service and accessible van service will pick up riders at the following five BART stations: West Oakland, El Cerrito del Norte, Walnut Creek, Dublin/Pleasanton and Fremont stations. At 5am, 7 buses will arrive at each of these stations. Once a bus is filled it will leave for San Francisco. There will be no transfers in West Oakland. This is first come, first served. Each bus carries 50 passengers. The service will only last until all seven buses are filled or 8am, whichever comes first.
The trip home will be a direct ride to each of the 5 stations with 7 buses and accessible vans serving each destination from 3pm – 7pm. The last bus and van to each station will leave at 7pm so riders need to arrive before then.
And on the negotiations front, from ABC7 …
BART and its striking unions spent much of the Fourth of July holiday in negotiations behind closed doors …. There wasn’t much coming from inside the negotiations. In fact, one negotiator told ABC7 News that nothing of substance has been discussed. But outside the negotiations, there were loud complaints from the unions and calls for BART’s general manager to bargain with them face to face. Full story
From the Chronicle, on the possibility of BART unilaterally imposing a contract on striking workers …
BART management has scheduled – and canceled – two special board meetings for each day of the strike, with an agenda that includes items calling for “unilateral implementation of certain terms and conditions of employment for employees” represented by the two striking unions.
It’s simply a precaution dictated by state open meeting laws that require 24 hours’ notice before a public body such as the BART board can act, said Alicia Trost, a spokeswoman for the transit agency…
Now, with more than 2,300 workers already on the bricks and trains shut down for four days and counting, BART leaders may decide they have little to lose from threatening to impose a contract if there’s no movement in the contract talks.
“That’s not what we want to do,” Trost said. Full story
3:10 p.m. From ABC7′s Laura Anthony …
SEIU says BART trying to break unions in an update to members. pic.twitter.com/65DWXP3IHn
— Laura Anthony (@LauraAnthony7)
SEIU negotiator says talks with BART “not going well” but they’re not at impasse. pic.twitter.com/QVhdkMOexZ
— Laura Anthony (@LauraAnthony7) July 4, 2013
From CBS San Francisco …
Joe Bomberger with the Service Employees International Union told reporters as he entered the negotiating site in Oakland Thursday that Bay Area Rapid Transit officials were not “substantially addressing” any of the safety concerns that the unions have for the public and workers. Bomberger was then pulled away by another union official. The two sides have been told by a state mediator not to speak to the media.
1 p.m. From KTVU …
#BARTstrike After meeting for about an hour, BART and union negotiators have broken for lunch.
— KTVU (@KTVU) July 4, 2013
From ABC7 News’ Laura Anthony …
SEIU negotiator says he’s “tired and frustrated” with bargaining process with BART, “never seen it like this.” Talks to resume at 11.
— Laura Anthony (@LauraAnthony7) July 4, 2013
11:30 a.m. From ABC7News last night ….
All #BARTstrike talks have ended for the night and will resume at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 4th.
— ABC7 News (@abc7newsBayArea) July 4, 2013
Also see …
July 3rd Updates
Update 10 p.m. From BART tonight …
BART has received no indication that ATU and SEIU will return to work Thursday, July 4th. Commuters should make alternative plans. Should ATU/SEIU call off their strike we will notify the public via bart.gov and the strike alert email notifications. Sign up for strike alerts at http://www.bart.gov/news/alerts/.
Update 8 p.m. From the San Jose Mercury News …
After a 36-hour break since the shutdown began, BART management and unions Tuesday returned to the negotiating table for nine hours, stretching into the wee hours Wednesday morning. Following a quick break to catch up on sleep, they returned Wednesday afternoon and were set to bargain into the night.
It’s unclear whether any progress has been made toward a deal, or if either side has submitted new proposals on the key sticking points: pay hikes and contributions to pensions and health care benefits. That’s because the two top state mediators sent in by Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday ordered both sides to keep the talks confidential until a deal is reached.
And this …
On Wednesday, the BART board of directors indicated it might unilaterally impose new “terms and conditions of employment” on the unions. The board used a similar strategy during its last round of labor talks, voting unanimously to impose working conditions on its unions in 2009.Workers responded initially by threatening to strike, but quickly reached a settlement without walking off the job.
(Rick) Rice, the BART spokesman, downplayed the possible re-emergence of the strategy, saying that the board is still committed to reaching a deal through negotiations. But, he said, “We have to be prepared for all possibilities.”
Also today …
- So How Much Do Striking BART Workers Make, Anyway? (News Fix)
- BART Strike: Another Instance of Media Portraying Workers as Greedy (Alison Kilkenny, The Nation)
- BART workers overplay their hand (C.W. Nevius, SF Chronicle)
- July 4 Transit and Parking Around the Bay Area (News Fix)
Update 3:50 p.m. BART says that if the strike continues into Jul 4, it will provide “very limited charter bus service to and from San Francisco during the peak commute periods.” Read details here.
No word yet on today’s negotiations. But even if an agreement were to be announced like, right now, there’s this …
— Mike Rosenberg (@RosenbergMerc) July 3, 2013
The BART strike is now in its third day, with commuters experiencing more of the same — long waits in line at ferry terminals and horrific traffic congestion around the Bay Area. Transit agencies are encouraging commuters to jump in a casual carpool, telecommute or just avoid travel altogether.
Caltrans says that carpool lanes will continue to be open weekdays from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. during the strike.
BART and the two major unions representing striking workers were scheduled to return to the bargaining table at 1 p.m. today.
Josie Mooney, a negotiator with Service Employees International Union, Local 1021, spoke early Wednesday morning after a marathon negotiating session with BART officials that started Tuesday evening.
“It is good to see that we’re at the table and we’re meeting extensively,” she said.
Another sign of hope: BART has reached an agreement with one of the smaller striking unions, representing 200 supervisors and professional workers. If that’s ratified by employees, they’d go back to work, though that wouldn’t enable train service.
Here’s a report by NBC Bay Area Monday night examining the specifics of what the unions have been asking for and what BART has offered. And here’s Bay Area News Group’s best estimates of how that would break down in terms of actual salary.