BART unions ratify contract that ended strike

OAKLAND, California (AP) A second Bay Area Rapid Transit labor union has ratified the contract agreement that brought to an end a bitter labor dispute that led to two San Francisco area transportation strikes.

BART officials on Saturday said the company had reached agreement with the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555, whose members voted to approve the four-year deal.

The other, Service Employees International Union Local 1021, announced late Friday that its members had approved the contract.

The agreement includes a 15-percent raise and safer working conditions.

It also requires BART workers to pay into their pensions for the first time and increases health care costs.

BART's board of directors still needs to vote on the contract at its next meeting, which the agency said would happen "soon."

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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