BART Strike Averted for Now

    OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 02:  A Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) train pulls away from the Rockridge station on August 2, 2013 in Oakland, California.  San Francisco Bay Area commuters are bracing for the possibility of a BART strike as a 30-day contract extension is set to expire on August 4 at midnight. Unions representing BART workers announced a 72-hour notice of intent to strike yesterday as BART management and union officials continue to negotiate a new contract. An estimated 400,000 people ride BART each day.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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    There’s no excuse to be late for work in the Bay Area now. San Francisco’s commuter BART lines will be running Monday after a Sunday-night intervention by California Gov. Jerry Brown pushed back the scheduled walkout by transit workers. At the request of BART management, Brown has created a three-member board of inquiry, which will be required to submit a written, public report within seven days about the state of the stalled negotiations. The transit workers are not allowed to walk out during those days. Brown could then impose a 60-day moratorium, which would delay a possible strike until October at the earliest. No one seemed very happy about the deal, with angry union leaders making the announcement at 10:15 p.m. and BART officials insisting that this was the only option to keep the trains rolling.

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