July 27, 2005

Last week, San Francisco's Bay Area Rapid Transit train system's two largest unions, Service Employees International Union 790 and Amalgamated Transit Union 1555, voted to approve the tentative agreement that BART and union leaders came to earlier this month, avoiding a threatened union strike. The contract, which offers 7 percent raises to BART employees but calls for increased health-care contributions, resolves a $100 million, four-year budget deficit for the transit system. BART general manager Tom Margro said management was "pleased that this contract eliminates the deficit without further burdening our riders." BART's board of directors will bring the agreement to a final vote tomorrow morning.