OAKLAND (CBS SF) – California Gov. Jerry Brown appointed a board to investigate the contract dispute between Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District and one of its unions, putting off the threat of a strike this week.
Negotiators for the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District returned to the negotiating table Wednesday, hours ahead of a midnight strike deadline. All this comes as Bay Area Rapid Transit officials continue to work on a deal with unions to avert a strike on their system.
AC Transit workers had given notice that they will walk off the job Thursday, and their union, the Amalgamated Transit Union, has made no promise to retract that notice as they resumed negotiations.
But just after 4 p.m., Brown released a statement which read:
At the request of the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District, I am appointing a board to investigate the strike noticed by ATU Local 192 that threatens to disrupt public transportation services in the Bay Area. This board is appointed under the authority of Government Code section 3612, subdivision (a), because a strike will, if permitted to occur, significantly disrupt public transportation services and endanger the public’s health, safety, or welfare.
The three individuals appointed to the board of investigation are: Peter Southworth, Josie Camacho, Micki Callahan
If Brown decides that a 60-day cooling-off period would be appropriate after the investigation, he would then ask a court to order one, said spokesperson Evan Westrup.