BART Stalemate Continues: Lisa Vorderbrueggen of the Contra Costa Times writes that little of note occurred over the weekend regarding the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) labor dispute. It was reported last week that BART's board of directors had voted to neither affirm nor reject the agreement that was ratified by the unions on November 1. Instead, the board is looking to strike a disputed provision regarding family leave that could cost the Authority approximately $40 million.
The path forward is currently fraught with peril, as union employees could walk off the job for the third time this year. Doing so so close to the holidays could have severe economic consequences for the area. We will keep you posted as this dispute moves toward a resolution.
Hartford Hospital Threatens To Lock Out Employees: Mara Lee of the Hartford Courant writes Lawrence + Memorial Hospital in Hartford, CT has warned its employees not to engage in a planned strike, providing that they would not be allowed to return to work if they walked off the job. Approximately 800 employees, primarily nurses and hospital techs, are planning a four-day strike in order to protest what they believe to be inadequate job protections. In the event of a strike, the Hospital has further stated that it will hire replacement workers to weather the storm. We will keep you posted as this story develops further.
Will County Strike Continues: CBS Chicago reports that Will County, IL municipal workers have been on strike for nearly a week now, with no signs of a resolution in sight. The employees, represented by the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), are asking for what they believe to be modest pay increases and better health benefits. In a short statement, a county spokesperson provided that Will County's current offer is to raise worker pay almost 15% over the course of four years. We will keep you posted as this dispute continues.