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Workplace Issues Today: Bay area commuters still getting around

After a 9-day contract extension, and intense negotiation, employees at the Bay Area Rapid Transit firm have reached a tentative agreement with management, and did so with only an hour remaining in the old contract’s lifetime. As such, a strike threatened by the employees’ two largest unions, has been put on the back-burner, until after the full-member contract vote scheduled for next week. Neither side released specific details about the contract, but management did confirm that they had met their four-year cost reduction goal, and also that the unions shouldn’t be hopeful of a better offer. If the contract does not pass next week, BART plans to ask for a 60-day cooling-off period during which both walkouts and lockouts are prohibited.

See “BART strike threat on hold,” by Rachel Gordon, San Francisco Chronicle, Jul 10 2009 (JKW)

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