Fact sheet on details of BART labor contract proposal


Fact sheet on details of BART labor contract proposal

The proposal before BART's two largest unions, the ATU and SEIU, includes these components:

  • Preserves base salaries but eliminates 3 vacation days and/or floating holidays each year for two years
  • Provides a 0.75% wage increase in the fourth year
  • Gives employees a $500 lump sum payment in both the second & third years of contract
  • Caps BART's medical expenses by allowing all employees to pay just $85/month to cover themselves and their entire family under the Kaiser or Blue Shield HMO plans - If employees wish to choose a more expensive plan they pay the difference between Kaiser/Blue Shield HMO and the more expensive plan (Currently, BART pays virtually the full cost of the 6 medical plans offered for employees and the entire family)
  • Continues to offer free pension (BART will pay both the employer and employee share of pension costs)
  • Eliminates BART's contributions to employees' secondary retirement accounts
  • Reduces BART's expenses by allowing employees to turn sick leave pay into pension credits
  • Eliminates a reasonable number of wasteful work rules and alters the “beneficial past practice” clause in the contract that gives birth to additional wasteful work rules

For background information about BART labor negotiations, visit www.BARTlabor.com