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Light at the End of the Tunnel? First of Two Unions Approve BART Contract

Light at the End of the Tunnel? First of Two Unions Approve BART Contract
After months of tense negotiations and labor actions, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 has voted to accept a revised contract from Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART). The other union involved, SEIU Local 1021, will vote on the contract on January 13th. Both unions originally agreed to the contracts on November 1st, 2013, only to have BART reneg claiming they did not approve of a provision dealing with family sick leave.
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Chaz Bolte
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Oakland City Council Closed to Slain Citizen's Family and Supporters

Last night, I went to attend meeting Oakland City Council to stand in solidarity with the parents of Alan Blueford and present to the Council the names of hundreds of people who signed on to demand the release of the Alan Blueford police report.
Rumors had been circulating that there might be restricted access to the council meeting last week, but no one had any details about what that would mean. I arrived after walking with Alan's family and members of the interfaith community from the District Attorney's office and at first it seemed that we'd be able to enter the council chambers like we've been able to in the past.
But we were met at the door to the council by police officers guarding the door to the public meeting, allowing no one in.
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