BART to hire consultant for investigation into labor talks

A man walks under a sign for the 24th Street Mission Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station in San Francisco, Monday, July 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

February 15, 2014 6:13:17 PM PST
BART is hiring a consultant to figure out why its labor talks have been so unsuccessful and expensive.

The last round of labor talks led to two strikes, a contract dispute, and cost BART more than $8 million.

The cost includes consulting fees.

A third of that went to lead negotiator Thomas Hock, who's contract wasn't renewed after it became clear he missed the provision giving workers six weeks a year of family paid leave.