Cooling Off Period
AC Transit and the union representing its drivers and mechanics have been talking for the past two weeks ago, hoping to hammer out a deal before a 60-day cooling off period ends on Sunday.
At the request of AC Transit management and Gov. Jerry Brown, a judge today granted a 60-day cooling-off period that bars the bus agency’s employees from striking in the next two months.
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.
AC Transit’s board of directors asked Gov. Jerry Brown to seek a 60-day cooling off period to eliminate the possibility that the bus agency’s employees could go on strike this week.
BART management and the unions have agreed to more talks, but it still remains to be scene whether they are getting any closer to an agreement.
The region appeared to be headed for another Bay Area Rapid Transit Strike after BART management on Wednesday suddenly called off contract talks for the rest of the week.
Thursday’s meeting between BART management and Service Employees International Union Local 1021 centered on safety proposals and work rules.
One day after returning to the negotiating table, talks between BART and unions representing its workers were called off on Tuesday because of a scheduling conflict.
BART and its largest union resumed negotiations in an ongoing labor dispute Monday, halfway through a 60-day cooling off period. But both sides remained far apart as the deadline approaches.
Both sides in the Bay Area Rapid Transit labor dispute are talking about the lack of progress in negotiations, since the 60-day cooling off period started nearly a month ago.