Dozens of BART workers wore purple Service Employees International
Union Local 1021 T-shirts or shirts representing Amalgamated Transit Union
Local 1555 and toted signs with messages such as "On Strike" and "Replace the
Attendees heard from about a dozen union representatives and
leaders of local organizations standing in support with the unions during the
strike, which began this morning.
One ATU Local 1555 representative, veteran train operator Chris
Finn, told the crowd that the BART unions did all they could to avoid a
But at the end of negotiations, he said, BART management "brought
up a proposal ... to effectively kill unions' rights to bargain."
Finn, who has been part of the union's bargaining team during the
lengthy negotiations with management, said as of this afternoon, ATU
officials had not received any offers from BART to return to the bargaining
"They are intent on causing a strike," he said. "They are hoping
the public will not support it."