A brief timeline showing how this now-controversial subsection of the BART contract barely raised eyebrows at first:

  • April 1 -- Exchanged proposals, including disputed Family Medical Leave (Section 4.8) language for the first time

  • May 1 -- Hock named chief negotiator with authority to reach tentative agreements

  • Early May and June 5 -- Section 4.8 was discussed in negotiations, with little feedback from Hock, according to unions

  • July 19 -- BART's bargaining team sends a dozen tentative agreements to the unions to look over, including 4.8

  • Aug 7 -- A status list provided to all parties in governor's board of investigations includes 4.8, unions say

  • Sept 16 -- BART signs the tentative agreement, which was then carried through negotiations as other matters were discussed

  • Oct 21 -- Overall agreement reached

  • Oct 25 -- BART prepared all tentative agreements again to make sure they were accurate for pending union votes, according to the union

  • Nov 1 -- BART unions overwhelmingly approve tentative contracts

  • Nov 4 -- Management says it first realizes 4.8 is an "error"

  • Nov 7 -- BART first alerts unions about the disputed language, threatens to not ratify agreement

  • Nov 14 -- BART General Manager Grace Crunican and Assistant General Manager Paul Oversier meet with union leadership, BART says


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  • Nov 15 -- BART holds special session to discuss the discrepancy