Following the announcement that BART management and employee unions reached a tentative agreement last night, Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) and Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway (R-Tulare) issued the following joint statement:
“While we appreciate that a settlement was reached, there’s no justification for leaving Bay Area commuters in limbo for so long. California Republican lawmakers proposed a common-sense solution weeks ago that would have prevented a strike, but legislative Democrats and the Governor chose to ignore it. Our bill would have required BART unions to honor the ‘No-Strike’ clause in their contracts.
“Bay Area residents remain justifiably frustrated and angry over being dragged into the middle of a contract negotiation. We heard about how people would not be able to get to work or attend classes and cost the region more than $70 million for every strike day. We will soon announce a new proposal to ban transit strikes in California. Local residents should not have to suffer through another public transportation strike again.”