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Jerry Brown asks court to block Bay Area bus strike

October 22, 2013|By Anthony York
  • Gov. Jerry Brown is asking a court to block another Bay Area transit strike.
Gov. Jerry Brown is asking a court to block another Bay Area transit strike. (Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles…)

For the second time this year, Gov. Jerry Brown will ask a court to block a transit strike in the San Francisco Bay Area.

This summer, Brown convinced a federal court to put a 60-day hold on a proposed strike of the Bay Area Transit System, which operates the region’s rail system. That cooling off period was still not enough for BART workers and management to come to an agreement, but the two sides ultimately resolved their issues this week, after a four-day walkout.   

Now, the governor will ask a state court to prevent workers for AC Transit, which runs buses throughout the Bay Area, from walking out. A new report from a panel appointed by Brown found that a strike will cause “significant disruption in public transportation services and significant harm to the public’s health, safety and welfare.”

The  governor’s request for a 60-day cooling off period will be heard in Alameda Superior Court on Wednesday morning.

“Another strike in the Bay Area is the last thing we need,” Brown said in a statement Tuesday. “I urge the parties to resolve their differences, keeping the bus-riding public in mind.”


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