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SF transit workers get raise, higher benefit costs

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JUSTIN PRITCHARD and LISA LEFF | October 23, 2013 04:48 PM EST | AP


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The contract that ended the San Francisco Bay Area's public transit strike includes a 15 percent raise over four years, but also increased worker contributions toward their health insurance and pensions.

Details of the tentative deal were emerging Wednesday, a day after train service resumed following a four-day strike.

According to a person with direct knowledge of the agreement, Bay Area Rapid Transit workers would get paid 15.4 percent more. That's more than the 12 percent raise BART offered before the strike.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the details hadn't been discussed with rank-and-file union members.

The deal requires employees to start contributing to their pensions — 4 percent of pay by the deal's end. Their monthly health insurance premiums would rise from $92 to $129.

A BART spokesman declined to comment.