Negotiators meet to discuss BART strike

Monday October 22, 2001

OAKLAND – For the first time in two weeks, BART officials and union negotiators met to try to keep workers from going on strike Tuesday. 

On Saturday, BART officials reviewed the latest offer from the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3993, representing 238 workers. It drops a proposal for pay parity among employees doing the same jobs. 

BART officials asked the union to return to the bargaining table. 

Union officials say they are satisfied with the 22 percent raises over four years, but the sticking point is that they do not want union jobs going to consultants, contractors and other unions. 

If a compromise isn’t reached by Tuesday, leaders of the largest two unions have said they will honor AFSCME’s picket line. BART officials have said they will keep the trains running.