BART’s largest union approves labor contract

Members of BART’s largest labor union have approved a contract agreement ending nine months of labor strife that included two short strikes that heavily impacted Bay Area commuters.

Eighty-seven percent of voting members of Service Employees International Union Local 1021, which represents 1,430 mechanics, custodians and clerical workers, voted Monday to approve the contract, SEIU 1021 spokeswoman Cecille Isidro said.

The agreement, which was reached Dec. 21, previously was approved by BART directors Jan. 2 and the following day by members of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555, which represents 945 station agents, train operators and foreworkers.

While BART directors said the agreement includes more money and benefits for employees than they had wished, they believe it’s a reasonable compromise because it requires employees to accept new workplace rules that will make the transit agency more productive and efficient.

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