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BART and unions begin contract negotiations

Apr 7, 2013

BART contracts for its union workers – who make up almost 90 percent of BART’s over 3,000 employees – are set to expire on June 30th. That’s sent BART and union leaders to the negotiating table. Both sides are hoping to avoid the bitter and contentious fight that happened during the last contract negotiations in the summer of 2009.

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On today's Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about the role of unions in the presidential elections. Unions are spending more than $400M to help reelect President Obama. How are unions using their political dollars?  And what is it getting them? Join us at 10am PST or leave a comment here. What role should unions play  in electoral politics? It’s Your, with Rose Aguilar and you.


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