The wide gulf between BART management and its union employees became evident in public Wednesday during a hearing on the stalled labor negotiations.
A three-member panel appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown heard hours of testimony on the contract proposals as well as whether an additional 60-day cooling off period should be ordered, according to a story in the Contra Costa Times.
BART management told the panel a 60-day cooling off period is needed to bridge this wide gap. Union leaders said the current cooling off period should be allow to expire on Sunday night because the closer deadline would force BART management to negotiate more earnestly, the Times reported.
The panel will make a recommendation to the governor on the cooling off period. Brown will then need to go to court if he wants to extend that period.