Tentative Deal Reached In BART DisputeMichael Cabanatuan of the San Francisco Gate writes that the days-old Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) strike was put to bed last night after the two unions negotiating for BART employees reached a tentative deal with BART management. 

"This offer is more than we wanted to pay, but it is a new path with our workers and it delivers the BART of the future," said BART general manager Grace Crunican, who would not release details of the contract because the unions had not had a chance to present it to their members.

While the agreement is subject to ratification by the unions’ members, it is expected to go through.  We will let you know when the proposed deal has been rubber-stamped.

Gov. Brown May Put Brakes On AC Transit StrikeDenis Cuff of the Contra Costa Times writes that California Governor Jerry Brown must decide by tomorrow evening whether to extend his action banning AC Transit employees from striking for a further 60 days.  Yesterday, a three-member board held a fact-finding hearing in order to determine the best path forward for both AC Transit management and employees.  At the hearing, AC Transit riders testified that a "cooling-off" period, similar to that imposed on BART employees, was essential, particularly because almost 200,000 people rely on AC Transit to commute every day. 

Union, Grocery Stores Reach AgreementE. Tammy Kim of Al Jazeera America reports that a labor deal was reached at the 11th hour last night between 21,000 grocery store workers and representatives of over 250 grocery stores in Washington state, narrowly averting a labor strike.  While details of the proposed agreement were not released, the grocery stores’ representative lauded its terms nonetheless.  We will keep you posted as to the terms of the deal when they are made public.

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