Proposed Law Would Ban Strikes By Public Transit Workers in California

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    Bay Area Rapid Transit workers carry signs as they picket in front of the Lake Merritt BART station in this file image from October. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    Employees of public transit systems in California may soon be barred from going on strike under new legislation proposed Monday.

    Senate Republican leader Bob Huff, who represents Diamond Bar, was in San Francisco on Monday to discuss the bill proposed in light of a possible upcoming BART strike.
       
    Huff said lawmakers have an obligation to make sure public transportation keeps running so long as there are Californians reliant on it.

    Under Huff's legislation, an employee who breaks the no-strike law would be docked in pay for every day the law is broken.

    There has been no comment from union reps.

    BART unions ratified a new contract in November after months of vicious negotiations and two crippling transit strikes, one in July and one in October.