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Rubs Eyes, Takes Big Gulp: Soda Lobby Drops $9.4M Against Bay Area Beverage Tax

Rubs Eyes, Takes Big Gulp: Soda Lobby Drops $9.4M Against Bay Area Beverage Tax
If you are in the Bay Area, you won't be surprised to hear that the beverage association and its member companies have spent quite the hefty total on the two measures. But the number still may seem excessive: a top soda lobbyist — yes, of course that's a real thing — has spent $9.4 million in the Berkeley and San Francisco blasting the tax.
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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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Don't Have a Strike, Man: City and BART Workers Close to Deal, Push Deadline to Tonight

Don't Have a Strike, Man: City and BART Workers Close to Deal, Push Deadline to Tonight
A major San Francisco Bay-area transit strike was averted for at least a day after two labor unions extended contract negotiations beyond a midnight deadline and agreed not to walk off the job Monday to allow more talks.
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Lisa Leff
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BART Managers Dig in Heels, Bay Area Transit Workers Prepare to Strike

BART Managers Dig in Heels, Bay Area Transit Workers Prepare to Strike
With management resisting any attempt a fair negotiation, the Bay Area's BART transit system unions are preparing to strike. Rebuffed after multiple concessions, there are few options left to the workers.
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