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Should Transit Unions Be Allowed to Strike?


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About 400 BART workers and union supporters gathered in Oakland at Frank Ogawa Plaza on August 1 to rally in support of BART workers.
Deborah Svoboda/KQED
About 400 BART workers and union supporters gathered in Oakland at Frank Ogawa Plaza on August 1 to rally in support of BART workers.

The head of the California state Senate's transportation committee, Mark DeSaulnier (D-Concord), said this week that he is considering introducing legislation that would permanently take away BART workers' right to strike. Public transit strikes are already illegal in many major cities, including New York, Washington, D.C. and San Francisco. But there is no state law banning such walkouts in California. Should the state legislature act to prohibit strikes in transit disputes? Or would such a law be unfair to workers?

Host: Scott Shafer

Guests:

  • John Logan, director of Labor Studies at San Francisco State University, and senior labor policy specialist at the UC Berkeley Labor Center
  • William Gould, professor emeritus specializing in labor law and employment discrimination law at Stanford Law School; and former chairman of the National Labor Relations Board in the Clinton administration

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