Assemblywoman Catharine Baker -- who represents Alamo, Danville and San Ramon -- has introduced her first bill in the Assembly legislation that aims to prevent future BART strikes.
According to Baker, both 2013 BART strikes exposed a loophole in current law that allowed BART workers to strike.
Assembly Bill 528 would prohibit BART employees from engaging in a strike work work stoppage after the contract has expired if the transit district board maintains the compensation and benefit provisions of an expired contract, and an employee or employee organization has agreed to a provision prohibiting strikes in the expired contract.
During the most recent strikes, when the contract expired, workers went on strike even though management had honored the expired contract by paying benefits and wages during contract negotiations.
"This bill prevents that lopsided outcome by providing that if the transit district honors its part of the expired contract, employees must do the same and honor the no-strike clause," said Baker. "Workers can't cherry pick what parts of the contract they will honor."
Baker said the bill is a different and unique approach to preventing future BART strikes -- it's fair to workers, riders and the general public that relies on the mass transit system.
"After only a few months on the job, assembly member Catharine Baker has begun to fulfill her commitment to all East Bay BART riders," said vice-mayor Karla Brown with the City of Pleasanton. "Ms. Baker is an elected official that follows through on her promises -- how refreshing.