SF Trains Resume— Without Union Deal
Contracts extended for 30 days
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 5, 2013 1:45 AM CDT
Striking Bay Area Rapid Transit and City of Oakland workers picket as they close the intersection of 14th & Broadway on Monday, July 1, 2013, in downtown Oakland, Calif.   (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

(Newser) – Trains will resume in San Francisco today following a strike, after the San Francisco Bay Area transit agency and its two largest unions agreed to extend a labor contract for a month while they continue bargaining. A statement released late yesterday by Bay Area Rapid Transit said trains will begin running by 3pm. The agreement between the agency and its unions will be extended for 30 days, but BART boss Grace Crunican said there is a wide gap between the two sides.

Antonette Bryant, president of one of the unions, said BART is on notice and has 30 days to hammer out a deal. "We're not going to let them hijack us and the riding public, and we are deeply sorry this had to happen," Bryant said. The unions—which represent nearly 2,400 train operators, station agents, mechanics, maintenance workers and professional staff—want a 5% raise each year over the next three years. BART said it is offering an 8% salary increase over the next four years as well as reducing the amount of employee contributions it originally requested for pension and medical benefits.

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Jul 7, 2013 10:24 AM CDT
California Republican Party: For a long-term goal, we think the Bay Area's working-class and students have enough threat from the BART strike once a year; we need to train some Non-union individuals how to operate this computerized trains systems to replace the present contractor. Beside, we don't really want "Made-in-China" train system to run our Bay Area's transportation. California's Democrats just like Obama, say one thing, but do the other way. The BART fare is just TOO EXPENSIVE for the daily commuters.
Jul 5, 2013 7:05 AM CDT
I wonder if our Muslim in Chief will step in and save the Unions?
Jul 5, 2013 6:25 AM CDT
A 5% raise in THIS economy? They;ve got to be nuts! Lower their wages 10%!