ATU Local 1555 approve revised BART labor deal

January 3, 2014 11:03:28 PM PST
One of the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit agency's largest unions approved a revised labor deal to resolve months of heated negotiations.

Members of the Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 1555 Friday on approved a four-year contract to settle a dispute over paid medical leave for employees that arose in November after the ATU, SEIU Local 1021 and BART management previously reached a deal ending a second strike in October.

The BART board on Thursday approved the new deal that dropped a controversial clause granting union members up to six weeks of paid family medical leave that BART said was mistakenly included and would cost $44 million if one-third of the agency's workers took advantage of it.

Instead, workers will get an extended bereavement leave and potential bonuses.

The SEIU will vote on the contract on Jan. 13.