BART, AC-Transit, Oakland City Workers Prepare to Strike
Members of BART’s two largest unions overwhelming voted this week to give their leaders the authority to call a strike , while AC Transit workers are saying they might not go along with with plans to help stranded commuters get between the East Bay and San Francisco. According to union officials, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 and Service Employees International Union Local 1021 voted nearly unanimous in favor of the strike authorization. Oakland city workers have also authorized a strike, which can take place after their contracts expire on Sunday. However, the BART unions are not likely to walk out on Monday, immediately after their contacts expire. Union officials have said they will give commuters 72 hours’ notice of a potential strike. AC Transit workers, represented Amalgamated Transit Union Local 192, also has a contract that expires after Sunday, and has taken its own strike authorization vote. Adding to the impact on residents of Oakland, city workers in Service Employees International Union Local 1021 and International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers Local 21 announced June 13 that their members voted to authorize a strike. A strike could potentially take place after Sunday when the contracts expire.