BART Workers Voting on Strike

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Two unions representing Bay Area Rapid Transit employees plan to release the results of a strike vote on Wednesday.

Negotiations were halted as the transit workers voted Tuesday. Their current contract expires Sunday night

Unions representing train drivers, mechanics, station agents and maintenance workers are fighting efforts by BART to have workers contribute to pensions, pay more for health insurance, and help reduce overtime expenses.

Employees currently pay $92 a month for health insurance, no matter the plan or how many people are covered.

BART spokesman Rick Rice said the agency wants to increase that payment, but he offered no details on an amount.

The transit agency said it needs to control costs to help pay for new rail cars and other improvements. The unions contend BART has a $125 million operating surplus.

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