OAKLAND, Calif. — San Francisco Bay Area rapid transit officials and union leaders are offering what they say are solutions to a strike that scrambled the commute for hundreds of thousands of workers, who faced clogged highways and crowded buses.
"Our negotiator has been in contact with the mediator and BART stands ready to resume negotiations at any time," said BART general manager Grace Crunican during a press conference Friday afternoon as commuter slogged their way home.
A few hours later union president Roxanne Sanchez said they were willing to sign off on pay, health care and pension issues, and send the remaining snarl — work rules — to an arbitrator, a proposal BART has previously refused. But BART officials later said they would be willing to send the entire contract to arbitration but not the work rules alone.
Thus, with no deal in place, residents were heading into a weekend without BART service, complicating vacation plans and making it tough for fans heading to events including a music show on Treasure Island and art exhibits throughout San Francisco' Open Studios.