BART union approve contract
August 26, 2009 11:58 AM
One of BART's unions approved a new contract late Tuesday evening according to The Associated Press.
According to Jesse Hunt, the head of the union, more than 80 percent of members of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 have agreed to the new contract, as reported by the AP.
The new four-year contract included reducing overtime, charging employees more for premium health benefits and eliminating jobs through attrition instead of layoffs, according to AP.
Nearly two weeks ago, the union rejected a contract proposal that would have frozen salaries, capped health benefits and imposed work rules intended to cut down on overtime.
Last week, the ATU were planning a strike after BART's board of directors decided to give a 7 percent pay cut solely to the union. But a tentative agreement was made a few days before the strike ensued.
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