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Thu, Jun 27, 2013 -- 9:00 AM

BART Workers Authorize Strike


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A BART worker with SEIU Local 1021 casts his ballot in a strike authorization vote on June 25, 2013 in Oakland.
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A BART worker with SEIU Local 1021 casts his ballot in a strike authorization vote on June 25, 2013 in Oakland.

Unions representing over 2,000 BART employees voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to authorize a strike, which could begin as early as Monday, potentially affecting hundreds of thousands of daily commuters. The employees are demanding wage and cost-of-living increases. BART, meanwhile, wants workers to contribute to pensions, pay more for health insurance and reduce overtime expenses. Unions also filed a lawsuit earlier this week alleging unfair labor practices, accusing BART of refusing to bargain in good faith over worker safety.

Host: Thuy Vu

Guests:

  • Antonette Bryant, president of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) 1555
  • Tom Radulovich, president of the BART Board of Directors

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