BART Strike: Unions Give 72-Hour Notice of Shutdown Thursday
BART unions late Thursday officially gave 72-hour notice of an impending rail line strike for Monday morning, telling riders they will need to find another way to get around if a deal is not reached this weekend.
The notice, the last formal step needed before a strike can begin, does not guarantee a shutdown but essentially starts a clock that will expire at 11:59 p.m. Sunday for management and unions to reach a deal. They remained far apart on the key issues of pay and contributions to health care and pensions.
“It is unfortunate that we find ourselves in the same situation that we were in 30 days ago, with no real progress made by management to address worker concerns about safety and wage cuts,” said Roxanne
BART Union members picket outside Caltrans building where contract negotiation continue on their third day of BART strike in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, July 3, 2013. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group) (RAY CHAVEZ)
Sanchez, president of the local Service Employees International Union.