Business Leaders Urge Governor To Help In BART Talks

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – Influential Bay Area business leaders have asked Gov. Jerry Brown to intervene personally to help to end the labor dispute at Bay Area Rapid Transit.

The letter signed by ten business organizations asks Brown to convene a bargaining session in his office in order to bring the two sides together and prevent another BART strike.

“Put the entire BART board in the governor’s office with the local union bargaining teams and their international union leadership and lock them up and make an agreement,” said Jim Lazarus, senior vice president of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce.

Negotiations have stalled since Governor Brown orchestrated a court ordered 60-day cooling off period.

The governor was closely monitoring labor dispute and believed that this proposal from the business community was premature, according to a statement from Brown’s office.

There was a collective sigh of relief after Brown ordered a last-minute inquiry that stopped a second walkout at the beginning of August.

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