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BART Board of Directors unilaterally amend union-approved contract
World Socialist Website (repost)
A month after the latest strike by transit workers, which was called off by the unions after only four days, on the basis of an agreement that accepts most of management’s key demands: * Directors of the Bay Area Rapid Transit Board reject a clause of a labor contract previously approved by workers' unions. * The cost of the clause is relatively minor compared to increased pension and health care costs for workers. * The action expresses the vindictiveness of BART management, backed by the entire political establishment, which is determined to extract as much as possible from the workers. * A lawsuit could go on for months while workers will continue to work under the terms of the old contract that expired in July—a situation with which union leaders have been and will be more than comfortable. * The unions will conduct only symbolic opposition to management’s cuts because they entirely accept BART’s budgetary framework.

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