Throughout these negotiations the District has made significant movement with our proposals.
• We doubled our salary proposal to an 8 percent unconditional raise over four years and removed all contingencies so that these raises will occur no matter what is happening with the economy.
• We’ve lowered our pension contribution request to levels lower than what other public employees pay. We are now asking our employees to contribute 5 percent to their pension costs, phased in over the four years. They currently pay nothing. BART tops the chart of Bay Area agencies that pick up the entire tab of the employee share of pension contributions and it cost taxpayers an extra $17 million last year alone. American workers pay toward their Social Security, and public employees pay toward their pension, BART employees need to begin making this investment in their future.
• We’ve lowered our medical premium contribution to levels lower than what average public and private sector employees pay. We are now asking employees to contribute 10 percent of the cost, phased in over the four years. Employees currently pay a flat $92 a month, about 5 percent of the cost of premiums. This is four times less than average workers according to a recent survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation/Health Research & Educational Trust.
The most recent proposal from union leadership calls for a pay increase of 21.5 percent over only three years. They want to continue paying the flat rate under the current contract for healthcare and will make just a 3 percent pension contribution at the end of 3 years.
Under BART’s proposal, all employees will have more money in their pocket and a more sustainable future. No furloughs, no wage cuts, no pay freezes, just more money.