Jan 2, 2014 4:39 PM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

BART Board members approve revised labor contract

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit agency's board has overwhelmingly approved a revised labor deal with two of its largest unions to finally resolve months of contentious negotiations.

The Board on Thursday voted 8 to 1 to approve a four-year contract to settle a dispute over paid medical leave for employees that arose in November after BART management, the ATU 1555 and the SEIU 1021 previously reached a deal ending a second strike in October.

The new deal dropped a controversial clause granting union members up to six weeks of paid family medical leave that BART officials said was mistakenly included and would cost $44 million if one-third of the agency's workers took advantage of it.

Instead, workers will get an extended bereavement leave and potential bonuses.

The unions are expected to vote on the deal later this month.

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