November 28, 2014
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The board of the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit agency is expected to vote on a revised labor deal with two of its largest unions to finally resolve months of contentious negotiations.
Board members on Thursday will vote on a four-year contract that settles a dispute over paid medical leave for employees that arose in November after BART management and the ATU 1555 and the SEIU 1021 had previously reached a deal ending a second BART strike in October.
The new deal drops a controversial clause granting union members up to six weeks of paid family leave BART officials said had been included by mistake and would cost $44 million if one-third of the agency's workers took advantage of it.
Instead, workers will get an extended bereavement leave and potential bonuses.
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