November 22, 2014
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit board has approved a tentative contract deal with two of its largest unions after stripping out a disputed provision that union officials have said they want in the deal.
The decision at a meeting on Thursday creates uncertainty about the fate of the tentative contract, which will now go to the unions for consideration.
It stemmed from a tentative agreement reached last month that appeared to settle the months-long labor dispute.
BART later objected to the provision giving workers six weeks of paid leave each year to care for sick family members. BART said the provision could cost $44 million over four years.
The board stripped that provision before its vote.
The unions have disputed BART's figure and said they are not inclined to renegotiate the contract.
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