OAKLAND (KCBS)— A three-person panel appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown was holding a hearing Monday on a labor dispute between AC Transit and its workers that nearly led to a strike last week.
Members of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 192, which represents about 1,800 bus drivers, mechanics, dispatchers, clerical and other workers, were set to strike last Thursday, but late Wednesday afternoon Brown averted a walkout by calling for an investigation to consider management’s request for a 60-day cooling-off period.
On two previous occasions, the bus agency’s management and union leaders have reached tentative agreements on new contracts, but both were rejected by the union’s members. The most recent vote was held on Oct. 1.