SEIU 1021, ATU 1555, and AFSCME 3993 Statements on Gov. Brown’s Request for a Court Order to Prevent BART Strike if Contract Resolution Not Reached by Sunday

Oakland, CA – This afternoon, Gov. Brown announced that he intends to request a court order on Sunday should BART and its unions not reach a resolution.

SEIU 1021, ATU 1555, and AFSCME 3993 issued the following statements:

“If we have cooperation from BART management and their negotiators, we believe that we can reach an agreement by Sunday and that there will be no need for the Governor to request a 60-day cooling off period,” said SEIU 1021 Chief Negotiator Josie Mooney. “We look forward to BART Management and their negotiators’ response to the proposals we’ve made today.”

“Dragging this out for another 60 days is not in the best interest of workers or riders,” said Patricia Schuchardt, President, AFSCME Local 3993. “We call on BART management to negotiate in good faith over the weekend to deliver a fair contract by Sunday.”

Antonette Bryant President-Business Agent of ATU 1555 said, “We take our responsibility to the riders, the public and our members to immediately reach a fair and equitable agreement seriously. BART Management and their negotiators have the opportunity to demonstrate that they share the same commitment to our passengers and the hard-working men and women who keep BART running. It’s time they address the critical health and safety proposals that affect BART riders and workers. They have the ability to reach an agreement with workers by Sunday.”

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