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BART Strike: Sunday Night Pressure Could Finally Be Enough For A Deal

Publication Date: 
October 11, 2013
San Jose Mercury News
Mike Rosenberg

A San Jose Mercury News article by Mike Rosenberg quotes Stanford Law Professor William Gould on negotiations to avoid a BART strike. 

The BART unions' strategy to threaten a strike for the coming work week, rather than shutting down trains over the weekend, may finally put enough pressure on negotiators to reach a deal. But it leaves Bay Area commuters sweating out the fifth shutdown deadline of the past few months.

The unions and BART management headed back to the table Friday morning, less than 12 hours after a 60-day "cooling off" period expired. The gag order issued by mediators continued, and it was unclear how the talks were coming along, though a handful of state legislators and BART General Manager Grace Crunican were sitting in on the session. And unions called that an encouraging sign.


"If anything, if they can't negotiate an agreement, the public will be more hostile than ever," said William Gould, a Stanford emeritus professor of law who specializes in labor issues.