Davis Intervenes in BART Standoff

From Times Wire Reports

News that Gov. Gray Davis intervened in contract talks between Bay Area Rapid Transit and several unions has cooled most BART employees, delaying a possible strike that was set to begin at midnight Saturday.

But at least one employees’ union said it would strike as planned if issues were not resolved by the deadline.

“If we don’t have a resolution by midnight, then we’re ready to strike,” said Norma Del Mercado, president of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3993.

However, BART officials said commuter trains would continue running as usual.


Larry Hendel, spokesman for Service Employees International Union Local 790, said members of his union would report to work. Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 confirmed that it would hold off on picketing as well.