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BART calls for return to bargaining table

November 16, 2013

OAKLAND, California (AP) — San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit’s board of directors has called for a return to the bargaining table, raising the prospect of a third transit strike in only three months.

After a closed-door meeting Friday afternoon to discuss the issue and review its likely costs, BART officials said a Family Medical Leave Act provision giving its 2,300 union workers up to six weeks of paid time off each year would be too expensive.

On Thursday, BART officials announced that the provision had been inadvertently included in the agreement, which union and agency officials signed in October.

The board has ordered the agency’s general manager to restart talks with the unions — Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 and Service Employees International Union Local 1021.

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