Gov. Jerry Brown will attempt to use his power today to stave off the second BART strike of the summer and give the transit agency and its unions another two months to come to terms on a new labor agreement.
BART and three of its unions — including its two biggest, Service Employees International Union Local 1021 and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555, which represent about two-thirds of BART’s 3,400 workers — are $44 million apart on terms for a new labor contract. The existing deal expired June 30.
Brown — who delayed a strike for a week last weekend — said Friday he will ask a San Francisco Superior Court judge to impose a 60-day cooling off period that would delay a strike until October and give both sides another two months to strike a deal.
A hearing on Brown’s request is scheduled for 9 a.m. Sunday.
BART went on strike for four and a half days on July 1, putting many of BART’s 400,000 daily riders on the roads, where some 30-minute commutes stretched to three hours.
The 40-year old railway says it needs givebacks from employees as well as a voter-approved sales tax or bond measure to fund $6 billion of capital improvements over the next decade.