Legislators On BART Strike: ‘The Time Is Now To Start The Healing’

LEGISLATURE//BART STRIKE | Citing progress between strike BART unions and management, in addition to the weekend’s tragic death of two BART employees, the entire East Bay legislative caucus is calling for an agreement tonight that would end the latest four-day labor dispute.

“We call on the parties to resolve those issues today and get the trains running tomorrow,” said a joint statement Monday evening from Assemblymembers Rob Bonta, Bill Quirk Nancy Skinner, Bob Wiekowski and State Sens. Ellen Corbett and Loni Hancock.

The tone of the statement also suggests a deal ending the BART strike may be imminent. “As Legislators and concerned residents, we have been monitoring negotiations and encouraging both parties to resolve their issues. Thank you to the mediators for their hard work, and thank you to BART and its employees for reaching to seek common ground. We understand there are only a few outstanding issues,” said the joint statement.

While reference the death of two BART employees inspecting train tracks last Saturday in Walnut Creek, the legislators said, “The time is now to start the healing. For the benefit of the public, riders, Bay Area businesses and the entire BART family, it is critical to get the trains running tomorrow.”

During the first BART strike in August, Bonta, Quirk and Skinner sent a similar, although less direct press release, calling for the end of the dispute. However, that statement was seen a more labor-friendly than Monday’s unequivocal message to both sides of the negotiating table.