San Francisco, CA, United States (4E) – BART service resumed on Tuesday, eight hours after workers ended nearly four days of strike following a deal with the management of the San Francisco Bay Area train and subway system.
Twenty-five of 45 BART trains started running with up to 45 minutes delay as BART staff 2,300 positions, officials said. BART-chartered buses and the San Francisco Bay Ferry boats were made available to the riding public.
The Amalgamated Transit Union Local (ATUL) 1555, one of the two unions that went on strike tweeted around 4:30 a.m. that there is not yet enough workers to resume service and asked the public for patience.
Union and management announced in a joint press conference a tentative deal ending the strike at 10 p.m. Monday. ATUL 1555 president Antonette Bryant said workers will go back to work.
The unions and management apologized for the strike, the second by BART workers since July. The strike followed the Oct. 10 end of Gov. Jerry Brown’s 60-day cooling-off period for the earlier strike.
Details of the agreement were not released pending approval by the BART Board of Directors and the members of the agency’s two large unions. But the new contract reportedly will raise pay by 12 percent, start a 4 percent pension contribution and increase the medical premiums by about $50 a month.