Unions’ Latest Wage Proposal Connects Compensation to the Increased Ridership at BART
Oakland, CA -- Today BART’s largest unions, SEIU 1021 and ATU 1555, released details on their latest counterproposal to BART Management.
In an effort to kick-start negotiations and move closer to an agreement before the end of the 60-day cooling off period, the unions presented a significant cost-saving counterproposal, in addition to reaching an understanding on the pension swap with BART Management’s negotiators.
To encourage even greater movement to a compromise with BART management, the unions put forward a counterproposal that lowers their wage to proposal to 3.75 percent for the first two years of a three-year contract and 4 percent in the third. For each 0.10 percent increase in ridership over budget projections, the unions are proposing .10 percent increases.
“In 1999, BART carried about 270,000 passengers a day. Today, it carries nearly 400,000. Yet, there are actually fewer BART workers performing vital frontline functions in the system and management's proposed wage and benefit offers would leave too many workers making less in take-home pay than they do now,” said ATU 1555 President Antonette Bryant. “Under our proposal, workers will receive additional increases if BART receives additional revenues beyond their budget forecasts.”
“At the bargaining table, we've tried to help management recognize that fewer BART workers are serving many more BART passengers than even a few years ago. And BART's contract proposals would have paid BART workers less for doing more work,” said SEIU 1021 Chief Negotiator Josie Mooney.
“This is not a winning formula for maintaining BART's high customer service rankings,” Mooney continued, “and it's why we're proposing linking pay increases to increasing ridership.”