A panel of investigators listens to representatives of BART workers and management during a public hearing called by Gov. Jerry Brown to investigate the labor dispute. (Deborah Svoboda / KQED)
A panel of investigators listens to representatives of BART workers and management during the public hearing called by Gov. Jerry Brown. (Deborah Svoboda / KQED)

UPDATE: None of the unions involved in negotiations with BART management submitted a 48-hour strike notice on Friday — necessary if either union would want to strike in the event a contract is not agreed upon by the Sunday midnight deadline and the court rejects Gov. Brown’s request for a cooling off period. A 48-hour notice of intent to strike is required before the workers walk out.

By Bryan Goebel

Governor Jerry Brown says he’ll seek a court order to stop a BART strike on Sunday, if management and unions can’t come to an agreement.

Meanwhile, BART labor talks are still going on in Oakland.

The Amalgated Transit Union’s Leo Ruiz says he’s frustrated that BART rejected some of the union’s proposals yesterday. He doesn’t think there will be an agreement by a Sunday night deadline.

“There were four proposals on the table,” Ruiz said. “All four were rejected. I don’t have hope. I did four days ago. Not after yesterday.”

The unions say BART did not want to talk about wages in yesterday’s round of negotiations. But the agency’s chief negotiator, Thomas Hock, says that’s not true.

“Everything’s on the table and everything’s being discussed, just not at the same time perhaps,” Hock said.

“Everybody realizes we’ve got a job to do, and everybody’s trying to do it.”

A court hearing is scheduled for Sunday morning, when Brown is expected to ask for a 60-day cooling off period.

Note: For a personal essay about growing up in a family depending on the salary of a BART worker, see┬áRosa Solorzano’s Perspective.

  • EBAYCommute

    Headline should read “Will Seek Court Order to POSTPONE BART Strike If No Agreement Reached….. until a time at which it will be even MORE damaging to the Bay Area Commute”
    This debate is between taxpayers and labor. Management has zero skin in the game as does Jerry (except that he owes the same unions that helped get him elected).
    Strike now – PLEASE. Let’s get on with it and cease this pretense of trying to “help”.
    The sooner we start labor digging into its personal bank account of vacation time and savings to pay day-to-day bills during what – very hopefully – will be a very lengthy and extended strike, the sooner we interject an ounce of common sense into the discussion.
    This the ONLY dynamic which will force labor to re-think its position.
    Anything less is just an attempt to soften taxpayers willingness to pay these guys more. Once labor is digging into its personal savings at a rate that hurts (every day) as much as the fares which will be required to service these outlandish pension and retirement bene’s – – – we have the beginnings of a reasonable debate. Until then – labor has the upper hand and Jerry and Management will continue to dance with a pretense of being on the side of taxpayers.

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