BART issues statement as unions go on strike
Following decisions by its unions to go on strike, BART Spokesperson, Rick Rice, said, “We have a long way to go but we can’t get any closer if we aren’t at the table. We reached tentative agreements on 11 items today and we should use that momentum to reach a deal. Walking away doesn’t do any good.
“The public doesn’t deserve to be punished. We are sorry they have decided to strike despite the fact we are willing to negotiate. The District is prepared to return to talks and get this finished. We would have worked all night long.
“BART has a fair and responsible offer on the table. The proposal provides an 8% wage increase over the 4 years and we lowered our pension and healthcare participation proposal.
“We urge riders to go to BART.gov and 511.org to get the latest information on commute alternatives.”