Thursday, September 26, 2013
Representatives of the SEIU and ATU stood before the offices of CalTrans today to address new concerns about their negotiations with BART's management. On both sides of the table, all eyes are on the October 11 end to a state-ordered 60-day cooling off period during which the workers cannot walk out and management cannot lock out the workers. Some confusion has ensued following the Metropolitan Transportation Commission's announcement yesterday that it will allocate $21 million to a contingency fund that would support extended services among local transit agencies in the event that BART workers strike again. Laura Garzon Chica reports from Oakland.