AB 3034 : Public transit employer-employee relations: San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District.

AFSCME Council 57 Local 3993 worked with Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Campbell) to author AB 3034 to address inefficient conflict resolution processes being used by Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART).

In California, most public transit districts aren't covered by a common collective bargaining statute, such as the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act (MMBA).  Instead, the Bay Area Rapid Transit labor relations are governed by the Public Utilities Code (PUC) and accompanying regulations. In 2003, the legislature transferred the jurisdiction of labor disputes regarding the supervisory bargaining units at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority from the PUC to Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) through AB 199. AB 3034 was authored to bring parity to transit labor practices by moving the supervisory units within BART under the purview of PERB. By moving the jurisdiction to PERB, costly lawsuits can be avoided and labor disputes can be resolved by those with the experience to do so. 

While the bill made it through both houses, it was vetoed by Governor Brown on September 28, 2018. AFSCME Local 3993 will continue to work towards a solution with BART and plans to put forward legislation under the new administration in the coming year. 

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