San Francisco Rail Board Wants To Reopen Talks, Angering Unions

Managers of the San Francisco-area commuter rail system said they wanted to reopen talks on part of a deal that ended a crippling October strike, drawing an angry response from unions. The Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) agency's board said it needed to take out one costly provision in the agreement that had been included in error. The board said in a statement the agency had never intended to include a provision on family medical leave which would be too expensive to administer over the four-year deal. The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1021 and the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1555 voted to approve the agreement.
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