The BART strike is called off for Friday, but a Monday shutdown looms if there is no deal for a new labor contract. For today BART trains will roll on down the track, but the strike has not been diverted for very long if both sides can’t come to an agreement by Sunday night, according to Mercury News on Oct. 10.
Union workers have been notified to return to work on Friday, but union leaders meet will with BART officials over the weekend and try to come to some mutual agreement on the new contracts. If there is a strike the 200,000 folks who use this transit system will be left in a lurch on Monday.
At 11:59 p.m. Thursday, the 60-day cooling-off period that was set in place by Governor Jerry Brown expired and the union refused to say whether or not they’d be striking on Friday morning without a deal. They released a statement just 15 minutes before the deadline saying they’d work a few more days without a deal.
The union officials are encouraged as General Manager Grace Crunican is slated to come to the bargaining table herself on Friday after delegating the negotiating duties to others at previous meetings. Also BART directors and legislative leaders are now getting involved in the talks.
Talks were slated to resume at 10 a.m. Friday morning as the 72-hour notice for a Monday morning strike if a deal isn’t made grows closer.