BART management officials and members of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 have parted ways for the night, saying contract talks will resume Sunday in hopes of averting the strike currently in place for Monday morning, BART spokesman Linton Johnson said tonight. Representatives from BART and ATU Local 1555, the transit agency’s second-largest union, which represents about 900 train operators, station agents and power workers, resumed contract talks this afternoon. The two parties will meet again at 11 a.m. Sunday, according to Johnson.
“We are continuing to make progress and we’re going to our respective offices to work on language and proposals,” Johnson said in a statement at 7:30 p.m.
ATU Local 1555 president Jesse Hunt said Thursday afternoon that workers will go on strike after BART service ends Sunday night. His announcement came several hours after BART board members voted 9-0 to impose pay and work rules on the union, effective immediately.
Johnson said management declared an impasse in its talks with ATU Local 1555 Wednesday night because the union wasn’t reaching management’s cost-cutting target.
He said management’s goal is to achieve $100 million in labor cost savings in the next four years to help deal with its projected $310 million budget shortfall in that time span. Two other BART unions voted earlier in the week to approve management’s contract offer but their leaders say they will respect picket lines if ATU Local 1555 goes on strike. The other unions are Service Employees International Union Local 1021, which represents about 1,500 mechanics, custodians, safety inspectors and clerical employees, and American Federation of Local, State and Municipal Employees Union Local 3993, which represents about 200 middle managers.
ATU Local 1555’s members voted by a two-to-one margin on Monday to reject management’s contract offer.