From the Santa Cruz Sentinel:
BART unions must now appease frustrated Bay Area commuters because legislators are facing mounting pressure next year to ban BART strikes, which would remove the unions' biggest bargaining chip. For management, an angry populace could spark legislation to enact binding arbitration – taking some control out of the agency's hands – while elected board members could be voted out of office. "They do run that risk, unless they're really close to negotiating an agreement," said David Meyer, a UC Irvine sociology professor who specializes in public policy. While the strike threat has been looming for months, "there is always a point of going too far – and you don't know what that point is until you've crossed it."

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