|Release Date: 10/21/2013
WASHINGTON, DC—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."
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