OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday that he will seek a 60-day cooling-off period in the labor dispute between AC Transit and its workers, which nearly led to a strike last week.
Brown issued his request a day after a three-member panel he appointed held a hearing on the matter at the state building in Oakland. His request will now go before Judge Evelio Grillo at a hearing Wednesday morning.
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.
The cooling-off period was requested by AC Transit’s management.
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.