BART Offers 12% Raise in Last Best and Final Offer, Unions Won't Strike Monday
BART General Manager Grace Crunican issued the following statement after BART offered its last best and final proposal and the unions announced they will not strike on Monday:
“We have been working with our unions on labor negotiations since April 1st and tonight I gave a last best and final offer to the unions on behalf of the Board. We gave it at 4pm today which gave them ample time to ask any questions they had of us.
We’ve given them two weeks to consider the offer and take it to a vote of the members. I really hope that they are going to take it seriously and look at it. We are open to any ideas over those two weeks that they may have, we will try and keep that conversation open. It is time to bring this to a close. The Bay Area is tired of going to bed at night and not knowing if BART will be open or not. It is time to bring it to a close, it’s been long enough.
I appreciate the riders and the Bay Area’s support in standing by us while we negotiate and I hope we will get to a deal here.
The package is $7 million dollars more than the offer we gave them Friday night. The package is a 3% raise per year. It is a total of a 12%. 4% for pension and 9.5% for medical. I think it is good for them and good for us.
Download a chart of BART's offer as of 10/13/2013