What is going on with BART? In 2001, a strike was threatened, and BART employees received a 22 percent raise over the four year period from 2001 to 2005. In 2009, BART employees negotiated a contract that gave no raise for the following four years. When an agreement wasn't reached by July 1st, 2013, the BART unions held a 5 day strike immobilizing many in the Bay Area. The strike only ended because the Governor instituted a 60 day cooling off period. The major points of contention for the unions are pay raises, reduced employee contribution to pensions, medical benefits and safety.
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