BART Union Officially Comes to Its Senses



BART train operators and station agents overwhelming approved a new contract with management last night, the Contra Costa Times reports. The union had previously rejected a similar agreement and came close to going on strike earlier this month. But then called off the strike, which would have crippled the Bay Area's commute, after it became clear that they had virtually no public support in the region. The new four-year contract freezes wages and relaxes restrictive work rules so the agency can curtail overtime pay - although it still requires BART to award annual lump sum payments of $500 to $1,500 to the employees.