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BART standoff continues as board modifies contract

The BART Board of Directors voted 8-1 on Nov. 21, with conservative young Director Zakhary Mallett in dissent, to approve a hard-won contract with...

BART board approves labor contract, minus the district’s “mistake” UPDATED

November 21, 2013
The BART Board of Directors has voted 8-1, with conservative young Director Zakhary Mallett in dissent, to approve a hard-won contract with its unions,...

BART “mistake” threatens its contract agreement with workers UPDATED

November 15, 2013
Just when it appeared the ugly contract impasse between BART management and workers was over — a divisive struggle that resulted in two debilitating...

BART’s safety culture slammed at Assembly hearing

November 7, 2013
BART was slammed by legislators and its workers today for refusing to make a key worker safety improvement demanded by state regulators since a...

Hearing to probe safety at BART and issues related to recent tragedy

November 6, 2013
The Assembly Committee on Labor and Employment will hold a hearing in San Francisco tomorrow (Thu/7 at 10am) looking at workplace safety issues in...

Tale of two parties: Was the 8 Washington defeat a referendum on City Hall?

From tonight’s victory party for opponents of the 8 Washington waterfront luxury condo project, the overwhelming defeat of developer-backed Propositions B&C seemed to go...

Tragedy follows strike

Two workers killed by BART train the district was using on a "training run," despite safety warnings from the striking unions

Train that struck and killed two BART workers was operated by trainee

October 21, 2013
National Transportation Safety Board investigator James Southworth confirmed at a press conference on the afternoon of Oct. 21 that the train that struck two...

BART chief outlines rules for avoiding Saturday’s fatalities UPDATED

UPDATED 5:30 PM: Guardian News Editor Rebecca Bowe filed a report from the latest NTSB press conference on the BART accident that claimed the...

BART workers say the district deliberately caused the strike

Photos by Tim DawMembers of BART’s three striking unions gathered, rallied, and picketed outside the Lake Merritt BART station in Oakland for much of...

BART on strike after talks break down UPDATED

October 17, 2013
Buckle up, Bay Area, BART workers go on strike at midnight. After intense negotiations over the last few days, the two sides have failed...

BART resists safety reforms in labor negotiations

BART maintenance workers training under safety instructor Saul Almanza are taught this most important lesson: the objective when you go to work is to...

Twelve years after BART train kills mechanic, lighting and electrical safety not improved

When BART maintenance workers train under safety instructor Saul Almanza, the most important thing they learn is this: your objective when you go to...

Shit happened

A wrap-up of important local news from the week that was

Questions raised by staff cutbacks at the Exploratorium

September 5, 2013
A round of recent layoffs at the Exploratorium in San Francisco has taken museum staff by surprise and sparked questions about the institution’s focus...

Tales from the tracks

BART strikes are on hold, but the standoff between workers — demonized by many, humanized here — and the district continues

Last tango: Investigators sort through BART’s labor impasse

Much of BART's dirty laundry was aired at the first hearing on the negotiations in Oakland today, part of a seven-day investigation called by...

From the mouths of BART workers; cleaning the dreaded escalators, skirting death

A reprieve in BART negotiations has given the Bay Area time to breathe before the next possible strike, but a lot of public concerns...

Supporting unions helps all workers

EDITORIAL The San Francisco Bay Area has traditionally been very pro-labor, from the days when legendary longshoreman leader Harry Bridges led the San Francisco...

BART on strike

BART drivers and maintenance workers went on strike after a weekend of negotiations failed to result in a contract agreement, essentially bringing the transit...

Larkin Street Youth Services employees unionize

After a contested organizing effort that raised questions about the tactics and resources being used by management at Larkin Street Youth Services, a nonprofit...

Is Larkin Street Youth Services using public funds to fight a union organizing drive?

Larkin Street Youth Services does great and important social work with homeless youth in San Francisco, for which it receives generous support from city...

Why CEQA matters

By Arthur Feinstein and Alysabeth AlexanderOPINION Is now the time to significantly weaken San Francisco's most important environmental law? When our world is facing...

SF declares Pay Equity Day as it lowers salaries for women’s jobs

The Board of Supervisors today declared April 9 Pay Equity Day in San Francisco, in recognition of the persistent national gap between male and...