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November 19, 2013 > BART focuses on new problem with labor contract

BART focuses on new problem with labor contract

By Terry Collins and Channing Joseph Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP), San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit officials say board members will not be taking a vote on a tentative agreement during a special meeting to discuss a problem regarding a labor deal that settled a second strike.

BART officials said that Friday's special closed-door session will be more of a fact-finding meeting regarding a family medical leave provision that BART says was ``inadvertently'' included in the final agreement and signed off by transit and union negotiators last month.

BART spokesman Jim Allison says the disputed proposal would require the agency to provide additional paid leave for six of the 12 weeks allowed under the Family Medical Leave Act that could cost ``tens of millions of dollars.''

Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 President Antonette Bryant says the language in the contract was not inadvertent that it is valid.

The board is expected to vote on the deal on Nov. 21.

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