Gov. Brown appoints board to investigate AC Transit talks; union can't strike during investigation

AC Transit riders are waiting to hear if members of its union will go on strike this week.
October 16, 2013 5:03:22 PM PDT
Gov. Jerry Brown has appointed a board to investigate AC Transit contract talks. The unions cannot strike during the investigation.

AC Transit managers had asked the governor's to impose a 60-day cooling off period to delay a strike.

"We have had two tentative agreements; both of them have been rejected," AC Transit spokesperson Clarence Johnson said. "We have not heard anything from the union since that rejection in terms of what they want."

"I feel sorry for our passengers," Amalgamated Transit Union Local 192 Vice President Ed Nash said. "I apologize to them, but we're at a point now. Backs are against the wall, we have to do what we have to do."

The two sides disagree on how much bus drivers and mechanics should pay for their medical benefits. AC Transit wants them to pay $283 per family, per month. The union claims that's too much.

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