BART officials have a new proposal they brought to the talks Thursday evening, but they haven't presented it yet. BART spokesman Rick Rice said the contract proposal hasn't yet been presented because the unions want to discuss other issues first.
"It's a very good offer authorized by our board," said Rice. "We're hoping they will give it a great deal of thought."
Union officials said on Friday morning that the presence of Crunican at the bargaining table, as well as what they called increased involvement from BART board members and other elected officials, are positive developments.
"We believe these developments can only help bring a resolution to these drawn-out negotiations and for this reason, we will continue bargaining through the weekend," officials with Service Employees International Union Local 1021 said in a statement.
BART management began negotiating on April 1 with SEIU Local 1021, which represents 1,430 mechanics, custodians and clerical workers, and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555, which represents 945 station agents, train operators and clerical workers.