Late Sunday evening, the Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) agreed to extend the contracts with its two largest unions nine days past the June 30 contract expiration. The extension means the contracts would end on Thursday, July 9 at midnight.
"Despite three months of negotiations, the union leaders have still failed to agree to significant cost saving proposals," said BART GM Dorothy Dugger. "I hope the additional nine days will give us enough time to reach a settlement that achieves the $100 million in savings needed to close the four-year, $250 million deficit."
BART is also extending the ground rules of negotiation, which require the unions to give the public 72 hours notice if they decide to strike.
For more info, visit BART's new labor relations Website, here.