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Antonette Bryant, ATU Local 1555 president, addresses the media during Tuesday night's negotiations. Photo credit: Jennifer Chaussee

BART to strike at midnight

on October 17, 2013

In an unexpected twist, BART unions will be going on strike at midnight after federal mediators announced they are returning to Washington after failing to help broker a deal.

BART General Manager Grace Crunican said the sticking point has to do with work rules.

Antonette Bryant, president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555, called the impending action “an unfair labor rights strike.”

Bryant said at the last minute, management threw in a clause that compromised the workers’ rights.

“This is not a union strike,” Bryant said. “This is a management strike.”

Crunican disagreed, saying it is the union’s decision to strike.

“This contract…is all about the long-term sustainability of BART,” Crunican said. “The unions decided they wanted to take the money that was on the table, but not the work rules that were on the table, and they forced us to put an offer on the table that was black-and-white.”

The union and management representatives had been working for 33 hours straight before it all fell apart.


  1. joe smith on October 17, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    It was not that unexpected. When the Bart Unions want something they go on strike and get everything they want, so why not go on strike?
    Once the first week is over the point will have been made to the riders and Bart will start operating again with a contract the Bart Unions want, until the next contract.

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