PITTSBURG -- Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 president Antonette Bryant announced Saturday that the union would present BART's "last, best final offer" to its membership for a vote at some point in the coming week.

"We are going to vote that contract, but we know our members are going to vote it down," Bryant said during a union rally at the Pittsburg/Bay Point BART station Saturday afternoon.

Both ATU 1555 and Service Employees International Local 1021 negotiating teams rejected the offer when it was made Oct. 13, refusing to put it to a vote of their membership. Talks between BART management and the unions continued, with the aid of a federal mediator, through Thursday when they collapsed over disagreements about work rules and salary. The unions then called a strike which began Friday morning.

No talks between BART and its unions were scheduled for Saturday.

Train service continued to be closed to the public, but two workers were killed Saturday afternoon when they were struck by a train as they inspected tracks between the Walnut Creek and Pleasant Hill stations. BART officials said the train that hit the workers was returning from the Richmond train yard, where it had graffiti removed.

Contact Gary Peterson at 925-952-5053. Follow him at Twitter.com/garyscribe.



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