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California transit workers settle, avert strike.

A strike in the San Francisco, CA, area was averted when the Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) and a local of the Service Employees union settled for 1,200 maintenance and clerical workers. About 500 train operators, represented by the Amalgamated Transit Union, settled earlier on similar terms, but had announced they would honor any picket lines set up by the Service Employees.

Wages were not the major issue in the talks, although they were increased by more than 9 percent over the 3year term. An important issue was who should receive a $2 million refund from the Public Employees Retirement System, which administers the BART-financed pension plan covering the employees. The settlement provided for $681,000 of the money to be distributed to the employees and the balance to be used for annuity-type pension benefits, or for retirees who participate in a health insurance plan managed by the Public Employees Retirement System, depending on the outcome of an employee election. The other major issue was resolved when the parties agreed that BART will pay union stewards for a maximum of 8 hours a month to carry out union business. Previously, there was no limit, and the cost totaled $202,000 in 1987, according to BART.
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Title Annotation:Developments in Industrial Relations
Author:Ruben, George
Publication:Monthly Labor Review
Date:Dec 1, 1988
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