Bart unions announce lawsuit in ongoing labor dispute


BART’s two largest labor unions announced this morning that they are filing a lawsuit against the transit agency over a disputed clause in the contract agreement the two sides reached in October.

Officials with Service Employees International Union Local 1021 and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 plan to hold an 11 a.m. news conference in Oakland today to disclose the details of the lawsuit, SEIU Local 1021 spokeswoman Cecille Isidro said.

The dispute is over a provision in the contract that offers paid medical leave for employees caring for sick family members, an item that BART officials said was included in the final contract by mistake.

The unions both ratified the full contract, but on Nov. 21, the BART board of directors approved the contract without the family leave provision — an action union officials said constituted an unfair labor practice.

BART officials were not immediately available for comment this morning.

The ongoing labor dispute between BART and its workers has resulted in two four-day strikes in July and October.

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