OAKLAND (KCBS)—BART and its unions went back the bargaining table on Thursday as they await a decision from Gov. Brown over whether he will call for a 60-day cooling off period to prevent another potential strike Monday.
U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein have now sent letters to both BART General Manager Grace Crunican and the leaders of the labor unions, urging all parties to reach an agreement on a new contract.
“We write to strongly encourage all parties involved in the BART contract negotiations to use the seven-day “cooling off period” declared by Governor Brown to end the labor dispute,” they wrote. “The Bay Area relies on a safe, affordable and reliable public transportation system, and any BART service disruption has significant impacts on our region’s economy and the hundreds of thousands of commuters who use the system.”
The senators said that, according to the Bay Area Council Economic Institute, the four-day disruption in July cost the Bay Area at least $73 million in lost productivity. They are urging the sides to negotiate in good faith.