It's been more than a decade since a California governor has stepped in to avert a Bay Area Rapid Transit District strike, but the law authorizing the governor to do so was once used with some regularity.
Gov. Jerry Brown late Sunday appointed a board to investigate the dispute between BART and its workers.
State law bars a strike or lockout while the board prepares a report within seven days. After receiving the report, the governor may ask the state attorney general to petition a judge to prevent a strike or lockout for 60 days.
According to the Governor's Office, cooling-off periods to help resolve BART contract disputes were sought by Govs. George Deukmejian in 1988, Pete Wilson in 1991, 1994 and 1997, and Gray Davis in 2001.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declined to intervene in a BART dispute in 2009.
Last year, Brown used the law during a strike involving the Golden Gate Bridge Highway Authority. He didn't invoke it when BART workers struck in July, but state mediators got the parties back to the table, said Brown spokesman Evan Westrup.
"They were able to achieve that without using this tool. We have to be particularly thoughtful about when and how it's used, and if it needs to be used," Westrup said.
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