Stories you shouldn’t miss:
1. BART workers went on strike today for the first time in sixteen years, shutting down the regional transit system and forcing about 400,000 commuters to find other ways to get to work, SFGate and the Trib report. BART unions are demanding pay increases following years of cutbacks during the recession. Negotiations with management failed to produce a deal during talks on Sunday as the two sides remained far apart. No bargaining sessions were scheduled for today. The last strike, in 1997, lasted six days.called for a one-day strike today, effectively shutting down City Hall, public libraries, and senior and children’s centers, the Trib reports. The strike does not apply to police and fire services. Unions representing civilian employees could not reach agreement with Mayor Jean Quan’s administration on compensation issues. The unions agreed to substantial pay cuts during the recession, and are demanding raises now that the economy is recovering.
3. AC Transit bus drivers are still on the job this morning after negotiations with the transit agency’s management made progress over the weekend, Bay City News reports. The bus drivers are represented by the same union — Amalgamated Transit Union — as the BART train operators and station agents who are now on strike.
4. Gay and lesbian couples flocked to San Francisco over the weekend to get married following Friday’s decision by Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals lifting the ban on same-sex weddings in California, SFGate reports. Counties throughout the state are expected to begin conducting same-sex weddings today.
5. And the ban on shark fins in California begins today, the Mercury News reports. The environmental law, which is designed to slow the slaughter of sharks worldwide, makes it illegal to sell or possess shark fins.