SAN FRANCISCO (CBS/AP) — A board created to investigate Bay Area Rapid Transit’s ongoing labor fight will hold a public hearing to examine the contract dispute between BART’s management and unions.
Jacob Appelsmith, chair of the investigatory board, sent a letter to both parties Monday asking for summaries of their positions ahead of the hearing.
The hearing is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the State Of California building (2nd floor, Rm. 1) at 1515 Clay Street in Oakland and will be open to the public.
Gov. Jerry Brown impaneled the board late Sunday, averting a strike that would have created traffic mayhem for Bay Area commuters on Monday.
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The board will conduct a seven-day inquiry into the contract dispute, in which wages, pensions and health care benefits have been key sticking points. Union leaders said Monday that no negotiations were scheduled.
Brown’s order was issued under a decades-old law that allows the state to intervene if a strike will significantly disrupt public transportation services and endanger public health. It came after BART Board President Tom Radulovich sent a letter to the governor requesting his intervention and a cooling off period of 60 days.
“For the sake of the people of the Bay Area, I urge — in the strongest terms possible — the parties to meet quickly and as long as necessary to get this dispute resolved,” Brown said in the order.