AC Transit Board Asks for 60-Day Cooling Off Period After Strike Notice

By NBC Bay Area Staff and wire
|  Wednesday, Oct 16, 2013  |  Updated 9:54 AM PDT
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The only thing that could make the BART strike more disruptive is if buses were also unavailable. Jodi Hernandez says that is real possibility.

The only thing that could make the BART strike more disruptive is if buses were also unavailable. Jodi Hernandez says that is real possibility.

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AC Transit Union Issues 72-Hour Strike Notice

A union representing AC Transit employees has issued a 72-hour strike notice. George Kiriyama reports.
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The  AC Transit board on Tuesday requested that California Gov. Jerry Brown intervene in the labor dispute and impose a 60-day cooling off period. The board said that a bus strike would significantly endanger the public's health, safety and welfare.

That request came a day after AC Transit union employees  issued a 72-hour strike notice, and comes in the midst of ongoing BART negotiations where two unions from the nation's fifth-largest rail system also may strike. If both agencies strike, the commute could be crippling for Bay Area motorists.

Leaders of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 192, which represents about 1,800 bus drivers, mechanics, dispatchers, clerical and other workers, have said they will strike as of 12:01 a.m. Thursday if a new contract deal is not reached, AC Transit spokesman Clarence Johnson said.

The announcement follows a vote on Oct. 2 in which AC Transit employees rejected by a margin of 561 to 369 management's offer of a 9.5 percent pay increase over three years.

The employees' vote rejecting the contract marked the second time they voted down a tentative agreement. On Aug. 17, members voted by a margin of 576 to 257 against a tentative agreement that had been reached earlier that month.


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