Unions ratify labor agreements ahead of BART meeting

BART’s three unions have ratified their labor agreements, with more than 50 percent of each union supporting the deals, the San Francisco Examiner has learned.

The agreements, set to be voted on by BART’s board of directors Thursday morning, further avert the possibility of another BART strike.

Seventy-seven percent of Amalgamated Transit Union Division 1555 members supported their agreement, while 80 percent of Service Employees International Union, Local 1021, and 99 percent of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Local 3993, favored their deals, respectively, according to an internal BART memo.

The sides reached tentative deals last month, which extends the current contract another four years with minimal changes for inflation and averted riders’ biggest fear — another strike.

The BART strike in 2013 — known by many as “BART-pocalypse” — left thousands of riders stranded as employees refused to work.

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