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.
Labor unions representing Bay Area Rapid Transit workers said they will tell frustrated riders in advance whether trains will be running Thursday or workers will possibly go on strike at midnight.
Federal mediator George Cohen said Tuesday night that parties have made some progress in the intense negotiations to avoid a second strike in more than three months.
Bay Area Rapid Transit will continue to run train service after unions and management agreed to extend labor talks past a midnight deadline.
Tensions escalated at the BART bargaining table Monday with the possibility of a strike on Tuesday appearing to grow stronger.
Labor leaders for Bay Area Rapid Transit workers say they are not giving 72-hour notice for a second strike.
Health care costs are at the heart of a labor dispute in Contra Costa County that’s been brewing for more than a year and appears poised to bubble over sooner rather than later.
With the threat of another BART strike looming, an Orinda city councilman is pushing for legislation to ban transit workers from walking off the job.
While BART management and unions continue to negotiate, KPIX 5 has found the facility where managers are learning to operate trains in the event of a possible strike.
For the first time since Gov. Jerry Brown ordered a 60-day cooling-off period, Bay Area Rapid Transit management and its unions returned to the bargaining table Monday and resumed negotiations to try and avoid a strike that would result in service shutdown.