Following the announcement that BART employee unions officially went on strike today, Senate Republican Leader Bob Huff (R-Diamond Bar) and Assembly Republican Leader Connie Conway (R-Tulare) issued the following joint statement:
"Make no mistake; this strike will have a significant impact on families and the local economy. Students and teachers won't be able to attend classes. Worse, the traffic nightmares could impair the ability of police and firefighters to keep us safe.
"We offered a common-sense solution to keep the trains running while contract talks continued. As we recommended weeks ago, the Governor can call an emergency session of the Legislature and enact our proposal. It simply compels unions to honor their no-strike clauses in their contracts which they'd previously agreed to at the bargaining table. Common sense dictates that if other provisions of their contracts, such as salaries and benefits, are being fulfilled, then the no-strike clause should also be honored while negotiations continue. If not, then the governor and the Legislature cannot sit idly by while an economic crisis is unfolding in real-time. There are nearly 400,000 daily BART riders who can't get to work or school, and it doesn't have to be this way. We are ready to step in and take action, but the governor must act."