Apr 11, 2016
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BART says riders won’t have to endure a commute-crippling labor strike through 2021 as part of a tentative labor agreement with the agency’s unions announced Monday.

The agreement still needs approval from union members and the BART Board of Directors, who will be casting their votes in the coming weeks.

As part of the deal, workers will receive a pay increase matching projected inflation rates each year until 2021 (increases each year: 2.5-percent, 2.5-percent, 2.75-percent and 2.75-percent).  The deal allows the discussion on pensions to be postponed until after litigation on the matter has been resolved in a case between the state and federal government.

The transit agency says the agreement is good news to riders who have been increasingly inconvenienced by service interruptions related to an aging system.

“This agreement will enable BART workers and management to continue to work on improving the relationship so that all of our collective energy can focus on rebuilding BART,” the agency said in a statement.

Read the full BART statement.

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