The BART strike in continuing for the third day although labor talks resumed Tuesday evening at the request of California Labor Secretary Marty Morgenstern, a spokesman for Gov. Jerry
BART labor negotiations ended unsuccessfully at 3 a.m. this morning and are scheduled to resume this afternoon at 1 p.m., according to BART spokesman Jim Allison said.
Evan Westrup, a spokesman for Brown, said Tuesday, "All parties are returning to the bargaining table tonight. To facilitate discussion between BART and its unions, the state is sending in two of its top mediators."
He identified them as Anita Martinez, the chair of the Public Employment Relations Board, and Loretta van der Pol, the chief of the State Mediation and Conciliation Service.
BART spokesman Rick Rice said the talks would resume at 6 p.m. at the Caltrans building at 11 Grand Ave. in Oakland but Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 President Antonette Bryant said the talks will resume at 6:30 p.m.
Her union represents 945 station agents, train operators and foreworkers and the other union involved in the talks, Service Employees International Union Local 1221, represents 1,430 mechanics, custodians and clerical workers.
Tonight's bargaining session comes toward the end of the second day of a strike by BART workers represented by the two unions.
Previously, negotiations were halted after union representatives left the table on Sunday, hours before their contracts expired at midnight, Rice said.
Bryant said earlier today that workers were hopeful talks will resume soon.
The strike, which began Monday morning, stems from disputes over issues including wages, health benefits, pension plans and safety.
Rice said management has offered to double salary increases from 4 percent over four years to 8 percent over the same period. He said management has also lowered the amount it was initially asking workers to contribute to pension and health care plans.
Rice said Saturday that the unions had come down from demanding a 23 percent salary increase to a 21 percent increase over a three-year period.
"We had some conversation Sunday night, but we've not been able to have a real conversation about our response and our proposal," Rice said.
Bryant said the workers are asking for a 4.5 percent wage increase annually for three consecutive years. The unions have agreed to contribute half a percent more to their pension each year, she said.
She said union workers' pension funds are 92 percent funded by BART, but that BART does not contribute to social security.
She said workers contribute $92 a month toward medical benefits.
Rice said the average annual compensation for workers represented by the two unions, including base salary, benefits and overtime, is about $134,000.
Bryant, a station agent herself, said the average salary of workers in her union is about $60,000 a year.