After union representatives announced that there would not be a 72-hour notice of a pending BART worker strike, both sides agreed to end early Monday night without reaching an agreement.
BART officials and union leaders walked out of the CalTrans building in Oakland at about 9 p.m. Monday, marking another night with no contract.
They told KTVU that they had ended talks for the day, with only two more until the state-ordered 60-day cooling off period was set to end at 11:59 p.m. Thursday.
KTVU asked why they didn't stay at the table longer to reach a deal.
"There's costing issues that need to be looked at, researched on both sides so that's what we're doing," said BART spokesman Jim Allison.
Both sides had few comments to share with the media, a sharp contrast from the adversarial barbs of the past months. They say the mediator has put them under a gag order
Many riders remain worried about a possible strike on Friday. Although Governor Jerry Brown asked a court in August to impose the cooling off period, he can only make that request once.
At 5p.m. Monday union leaders with the SEIU Local 1021 and ATU Local 1555 announced they would not give a 72-hour strike notice.
"We do not want a strike; we want that to be made perfectly clear,” said ATU President Antonette Bryant, who read from a joint statement. “We understand the disruption on everyone in the Bay Area. We do not want to do that. We want a deal.”
By law the unions do not have to give advance notice of a strike. Bryant did qualify the announcement by saying all options were still on the table Monday.
The strike threat has been a key bargaining chip.
One union negotiator told KTVU off camera that while both sides have agreed on pension issues, there is still much work to be done on wages, health care contributions, and safety issues.
There was also a difference in the contract length. The union wants a three year deal, but BART officials say the previous contract was 4 years and they want the same duration.
BART officials also say that while the unions are only factoring costs associated with the SEIU and ATU members, BART administrators are including costs to the budget for other workers such as AFSCME staff who would typically receive similar pay raises to those negotiated by the SEIU and ATU.
As for progress, the unions say they've moved three times on wages in the past 10 days and blamed BART's board for sitting on the sidelines.
BART officials say they no longer plan to have managers run transbay train service if there's a strike.
They do have 150 buses on standby for transbay service at a cost of $1,400 per bus per day, if the union members walk off the job Friday.
Talks were scheduled to resume at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.
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