BART Unions Offer New Proposal on Some Work Rules to End Strike, Still No Deal

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    Monday morning, there will likely be some serious backups on the Bay Bridge and throughout the Bay Area. No BART talks are scheduled, but the unions are saying there is a new offer to consider. NBC Bay Area’s Kimberly Tere reports from the Lake Merritt Bart Station in Oakland.

    Officials with two striking BART unions said they had submitted a new proposal Sunday evening that would offer flexibility on some work rules but retain others related to worker safety.

    Officials with Service Employees International Union Local 1021 and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 said the proposal would allow for changes in work rules related to implementing new technology, but retain work rules related to worker and passenger safety.

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    Federal officials are now in charge of the investigation that led to the deaths of two BART workers. Their task is to figure out why a BART train hit and killed the workers yesterday--on day two of the strike. NBC Bay Area's Monte Francis reports from Walnut Creek.

    Further details were not immediately made public this evening.

    BART and union officials have previously said that changes in work rules sought by BART remain a key sticking point in contract talks that broke down on Thursday, leading to a strike that began Friday.

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    BART said the two employees who were killed by a train Saturday afternoon were performing track inspections in response to a report of a dip in the track at the time of the accident.

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    Today's proposal comes after a fatal collision on Saturday that killed two BART workers who were on the tracks near Walnut Creek for maintenance work. The unions emphasized that work rules protect workers from such workplace accidents.

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    The president of one of the two unions involved in the BART strike Antonette Bryant says she will take the final contract offer to members for a vote, but expects it will be rejected.

    "The job of a BART worker can be dangerous," union member Saul Almanza, who trains workers on safety procedures and protocols, said in a statement. "Work rules protect our members from the type of accidents that happened yesterday."

    The fatal collision is being investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board, and it has not been established who was at the controls of the train that struck the workers.

    BART Workers Killed by Train in Walnut Creek

    [BAY] BART Workers Killed by Train in Walnut Creek
    An unexpected and tragic turn of events in the BART strike Saturday. Monte Francis reports on the death of two workers.

    BART has previously said, however, that it was training some managers to operate trains for maintenance purposes in the event of a strike.

    Union officials said this evening that they had warned BART repeatedly in writing about the dangers of allowing non-union personnel to operate the trains, and filed a lawsuit on Oct. 7 in Alameda County Superior Court to block the practice.

    BART Rejects Union's Offer to End Strike

    [BAY] BART Rejects Union's Offer to End Strike
    A Bay Area Rapid Transit workers strike is expected to enter a second day on Saturday after unions and management continue to fail in reaching a contract agreement. Jean Elle reports.

    UPDATE: BART officials say there is no announced end to the ongoing strike, and they are advising commuters to seek alternate transportation Monday morning.

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    The "Car-mageddon" that was feared on Day 1 of the BART strike never really occurred early Friday morning, though commuters were bracing for worse traffic onslaughts on the way home from work and again on Monday if the strike continues, as expected.