Report: BART working on strike contingency plan

July 17, 2013 5:13:26 AM PDT
BART workers warn if they strike again early next month, they will be prepared to stay out for a long time.

If the two sides fail to reach a new contract by August 4, BART is looking for ways to keep the trains running. But the San Francisco Chronicle reports that BART has only 10 qualified train operators who are not in the union.

According to rules put in after the last BART strike, replacements couldn't even be trained until there's a walkout and the training takes months. The unions said BART is calling retired operators to see if they could step in if there is another strike.