BART, Unions Meeting Again Over Contract Provision

CBS Sacramento

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit and its two largest unions will be meeting for a second day over a key contract provision that has led to a lawsuit.

BART management and SEIU Local 1021 and ATU Local 1555 representatives are meeting Friday about a disputed Family Medical Leave Act provision that was stripped out of a contract the BART board approved last month.

Federal mediator Greg Lim, who helped the parties reach a tentative agreement to end a contentious second strike in October, will also be attending Friday’s session.

The unions filed a lawsuit in Alameda County last week claiming BART’s board broke state law by approving the contract without the provision allowing employees to receive up to six weeks of paid family medical leave annually.

BART says the provision was included in the contract by mistake.

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