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Some good news, about BART

Some VERY good news for the San Francisco Bay Area was the announcement that BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) officials and union leaders have reached a tentative contract agreement that could avert a strike that would affect hundreds of thousands of Bay Area residents each day.

Union members will vote on the tentative agreement next week. Although details of the tentative contract have not been revealed. BART officials are reporting that the contract terms would lead to a $110 million saving over the next four years, and union leaders are reporting that NO jobs would be lost under the contract.

All in all, it sounds like the negotiations resulted in true compromises, a process that the California Legislature should learn to emulate.

The agreement was reached after a 27-hour marathon bargaining session on Thursday and Friday. Sometimes sleep deprivation is a GOOD thing.

The tentative contract must still be ratified by the BART Board of Directors and the three labor unions involved.

I think that it is safe to say that the people of the Bay Area are holding their collective breath, hoping that the agreement will be ratified.

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