Jul 022013

Interesting bit of info regarding the deal reached after six days in 1997 to end that year’s BART strike.  From the SF Chronicle:

But Alicia Trost, spokeswoman for BART, said “we’re relying on state mediators to bring the two sides together.” Brown, she said. “can help us by urging the unions to get back to the table.”

In 1997, when Brown stepped in to solve the last BART walkout, its union workers emerged with double-digit pay raises over four years, Trost said. In a 2001 agreement, union employees received raises totaling 22 percent over four years.

“We had to lay off 200 people in later years to pay for that raise,” she said. “We’re looking for a more reasonable way out of this strike.”

Over the weekend, California Gov. Jerry Brown asked union negotiators to return to the bargaining table but did not call for a cooling-off period before the strike went into effect at 12:01 a.m. Monday.

Willie Brown said he was mystified that political and labor leaders have been unable so far to sidestep a strike that he said is “devastating” to the Bay Area economy.