August 13, 2013

Judge blocks BART strike for 60 days

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(Photo courtesy Jon "ShakataGaNai" Davis, Wikimedia Commons)

SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Chronicle reported that a San Francisco Superior Court judge approved California Gov. Jerry Brown’s request to prevent Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) workers from holding another strike for 60 days. The transit system and its unions have not been able to resolve a contract dispute.

While BART officials told the paper that the unions of walked out of negotiations and rejected a proposed pay increase of 10% over four years, a union negotiator said that a deal can’t be made until BART addressed worker safety concerns. For the full story, click here.

Attorneys for the governor said in a court filing that a strike would cost the region $73 million per day and endanger public health and safety, according to Bloomberg. For the full story, click here.

VIDEO: "BART Strike 2013 - Behind the Scenes"

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