FMCS Director Applauds the End of the BART Strike

Oct 22, 2013, 01:47 ET from Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service

WASHINGTON, Oct. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- U.S. Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) Director George H. Cohen upon being informed of the Tentative Agreement between the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555, Service Employees International Union Local 1021 and the Bay Area Rapid Transit District, issued the following statement:

I was pleased to be informed by FMCS Commissioner Greg Lim that the strike is over. The resolution of this high profile dispute not only serves the parties' best interests but the all-important public interest as well. I want to commend the Union and Management bargaining teams for their commitment to remain focused on bridging their strongly held differences in the face of tremendous pressure. It was an honor and a privilege to work with the parties and we remain grateful for their willingness to utilize the services of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service. I especially want to commend Commissioner Lim for his extraordinary efforts throughout the last three months. In addition, working in close coordination with myself and Deputy Director Scot Beckenbaugh over the last several days, Commissioner Lim worked tirelessly to bring about a final resolution of the remaining issues in this dispute.

The U.S. Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, created in 1947, is an independent U.S. government agency whose mission is to preserve and promote labor-management peace and cooperation. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 10 district offices and 67 field offices, the agency provides mediation and conflict resolution services to industry, government agencies and communities.

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