SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — As negotiators for Bay Area Rapid Transit and its unions were back at the bargaining table Wednesday night hoping to end a strike that had snarled the region’s commute for several days and seemed likely to extend into the 4th of July, a newly-released KPIX 5 poll found almost twice as many people though BART management had made a better case than have the unions.
In addition, the poll found a majority of Bay Area residents wanted California Gov. Jerry Brown to step in and order a 60-day cooling off period immediately to get the trains back running again.
The poll of 519 Bay Area adults conducted for KPIX by the firm SurveyUSA on Wednesday, day three of the strike, had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4%.
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Fifty-one percent of those surveyed wanted Brown to order the cooling-off period versus 44% who did not. The governor has so far declined to do so, instead dispatching the state’s top two mediators to assist in jump-starting labor talks.