Negotiators for BART management and its 2,800-plus union workers will return to the bargaining table on Monday after the transit agency’s two largest unions voted against management’s contract offer by overwhelming margins.
Members of the BART chapter of Local 1021 of the Service Employees International Union, which represents about 1,400 mechanics, custodians, safety inspectors and clerical employees, voted against the proposal on Thursday by a margin of 98.5 percent to 1.5 percent. About 70 percent of the union’s members participated in the vote.
The rejection by SEIU Local 1021 followed a unanimous vote against the contract offer Tuesday by BART’s second-largest union, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555, which represents about 900 train operators, station agents and power workers.
State mediators, who entered the talks on June 26, will rejoin the process on Monday.
There are two small unions that represent BART police officers and managers but they’re barred from going on strike. They haven’t voted yet because they want more details on management’s offer, according to BART spokesman Linton Johnson.