BART board holds first public meeting since strike

July 11, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
The BART Board of Directors held a public meeting Thursday, the first since last week's four-day strike.

The room was full of agency employees waiting to speak. They pointed out cutbacks and problems that they claim make their jobs harder and cars less safe.

One man recommended better station engineering design.

"So that I wouldn't be standing atop of an 8-foot ladder working on destination signs while trains are coming in and going out of the stations," BART employee Joe Baumberger said.

Bart management says both sides are continuing to negotiate separately with mediators.

Union leaders claim one of management's out-of-town negotiators with a $339,000 salary has left on vacation, effectively canceling further talks.


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