San Francisco – SEIU Local 1021 and ATU Local 1555 announced today that the membership of both unions voted to authorize their bargaining teams to call a strike if necessary. The unions continue to attempt to negotiate with BART over issues of safety, staffing levels, and compensation, but the District is refusing to bargain over these critical issues. If an agreement cannot be reach or progress isn’t made by the time contracts expire on Sunday night, the bargaining teams of both unions may call for a strike.
“We have tried in vain to get BART to have serious conversations about the issues facing workers every day – there are fewer workers, working for less money, in more dangerous conditions,” said John Arantes, SEIU Local 1021 BART Chapter President. “This is a unsafe, unfair situation that can’t be allowed to continue. We don’t want to strike, but BART management seems determined to cause one.”