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60-Day Cooling off Period Granted as Negotiations Continue (BART Strike 2013)

Last Wednesday, BART presented facts of the labor contract negotiations to Governor Brown’s inquiry panel.
After reviewing the report, Governor Brown agreed to move forward with filing for a 60-day cooling off period, which was granted yesterday morning by San Francisco Superior Court Judge Curtis Karnow.
The cooling off period allows for negotiations to continue while trains keep running.
Yesterday, BART increased its wages and benefits offer by more than 70% from what it had offered last Thursday. The response from unions was to walk out without responding.
Watch BART General Manager Grace Crunican discuss the latest stall:

More online:

  • No progress in BART talks; 60 day cooling off begins (ABC7)
  • BART outlines latest offer as negotiations stall (BART)
  • BART presents facts of labor contract negotiations to Governor’s inquiry panel (BART)

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Governor Brown intervenes BART Strike (2013)

Macarthur BART station
After a weekend of negotiations between BART and its unions, Governor Jerry Brown answered BART’s request for a cooling off period to ensure service without disruption this week.
The letter from BART President Tom Radulovich’s to the Governor reads:

[A cooling off period would] allow us to continue negotiating while assuring the public that it will have transit service tomorrow and for another 60 days as we continue to bargain.

From the office of the Governor:

At the request of the Bay Area Rapid Transit District, I am appointing a board to investigate the threatened strike that would disrupt public transportation services in the Bay Area. … The board is directed to provide me with a written report within the next seven days.