BART Contract Dispute Heats Up; Proposals $100M Apart
During a state panel commissioned by Gov. Jerry Brown (D) on Wednesday, members of Bay Area Rapid Transit management testified that its proposal for employee pay and benefits -- which includes health care and pension contributions -- would cost the agency $99.3 million less over four years than the union's current offer. Union leaders rejected that calculation, offering figures that put the two sides $56 million apart over three years. Both sides will continue negotiations Thursday and Friday.
- "BART Strike: Opposing Proposals Released; Two Sides Nearly $100 Million Apart" (Rosenberg, Contra Costa Times, 8/7).