The announcement this evening that BART management has taken issue with a provision in the tentative labor agreement reached last month was characterized by a union leader as an attempt by management to go back on its word.
Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 President Antonette Bryant said this evening, “BART management is now attempting to go back on agreements in made in July and August that were part of the final deal. This is unconscionable.”
BART officials said the provision in question was inadvertently left in the final labor agreement, reached last month after the second strike of the year by unions ATU Local 1555 and Service Employees International Union Local 1021.
BART said the provision was not agreed to by management and could potentially impact the ratification vote by its board of directors scheduled for next week. BART is working on determining the impact of the provision.
The BART board of directors is scheduled to go over the details of the tentative agreement at a closed session meeting Friday and to vote on the contract on Nov. 21.
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