SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF/BCN) – BART’s workforce has declined by approximately 250 employees since March 2021 in part due to the vaccination mandate, an incentive retirement program and various resignations, retirements and involuntary dismissals.
Nearly 100 BART employees have resigned or been fired in recent months after failing to comply with the agency’s COVID-19 vaccination mandate, representing about 2% of BART’s workforce.
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As of March 2, nearly 3,900 BART employees had proven their full vaccination status, or about 99% of the transit agency’s workforce.
Another 89 employees failed to comply with the agency’s vaccination mandate, which went into effect on December 13, 2021.
Alaric Degrafinried, BART’s deputy general manager for administration, told the BART board Thursday that 51 of those former BART employees left the agency voluntarily, while 38 were terminated involuntarily.
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“These are individuals … who decided to have a hearing here at BART, and then at the end of that hearing, we had to part ways with those individuals,” Degrafinried said of those who were fired for noncompliance. .
Nearly 300 former BART employees took early retirement last year. Of these, BART plans to fill 150 openings while eliminating the remaining 137, which will save the agency about $22.5 million.
In total, BART has hired 320 new employees since last March and lost 571. According to Degrafinried, BART has some 700 positions that are currently unfilled.
“We’re pretty much flat from March 2019 to now,” Degrafinried said of the agency’s headcount. “We’re currently operating at a four-year low in terms of headcount right now.”
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