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Letter to General Manager Grace Crunican, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District, President Antonette Bryant, ATU Local 1555, President Roxanne Sanchez, SEIU 1021, and President Jean Hamilton, AFSCME Local 3993 - Bay Area Transit Strike


Location: Oakland, CA

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. tonight appointed a board to investigate the contract dispute between Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) and its unions -- effectively ending the immediate threat of service disruption.

The Governor notified all parties of his action in the following letter:

August 4, 2013

Ms. Grace Crunican
General Manager, San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District
P.O. Box 12688
Oakland, CA 94604

Ms. Antonette Bryant
President, ATU Local 1555
132 Ninth Street, Suite 100
Oakland, CA 94607

Ms. Roxanne Sanchez
President, SEIU 1021
100 Oak Street
Oakland, CA 94607

Ms. Jean Hamilton
AFSCME, Local 3993
80 Swan Way, Suite 110
Oakland, CA 94621

Dear Ms. Crunican, Ms. Bryant, Ms. Sanchez, and Ms. Hamilton:

At the request of the Bay Area Rapid Transit District, I am appointing a board to investigate the threatened strike that would disrupt public transportation services in the Bay Area. This board is appointed under the authority of Government Code, § 3612, subdivision (a), because the strike will significantly disrupt public transportation services and will endanger the public's health, safety, and welfare.

The three individuals appointed to the board of investigation are:

Jacob Appelsmith, Chairman

Robert Balgenorth

Micki Callahan

The Government Code prohibits any strike or lockout while the board completes its investigation. (Gov. Code, § 3612, subd. (b).)

The board is directed to provide me with a written report within the next seven days. For the sake of the people of the Bay Area, I urge - in the strongest terms possible - the parties to meet quickly and as long as necessary to get this dispute resolved.


Edmund G. Brown Jr.

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