Unions launch new accusations against BART

An oncoming BART car pulls into a station.

July 27, 2013 12:11:29 PM PDT
There are new accusations from the unions representing BART workers, just nine days before the deadline to reach a contract deal.

The two groups filed a conflict of interest complaint with the district, accusing the transit agency's lead labor negotiator of profiting from the strike.

Thomas Hock works for Veolia Transportation, which provided some shuttle buses during the July work stoppage, at a cost of over $12,000 to the district. The union says that's not fair.

A BART spokesperson, however, called the allegation a "false attack" and said the real amount paid to Veolia was only $500.

If no agreement is reached, trains could stop running as early as Monday, August 5.