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Brown seeks court order to prevent AC Transit strike

60-day 'cooling off' bid goes before judge today

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. said yesterday that he will seek a cooling-off period in the labor dispute between AC Transit and its unions in Alameda County Superior Court.

"Another strike in the Bay Area is the last thing we need," Brown said. "I urge the parties to resolve their differences, keeping the bus-riding public in mind."

On Monday, the board of investigation, appointed by the governor last Wednesday to examine the dispute, issued its findings.

The report concluded that a strike would cause "significant disruption in public transportation services and significant harm to the public's health, safety, and welfare."

The court will consider Brown's request today. If the court finds that a strike will significantly disrupt public transportation services and endanger the public's health, safety or welfare, an order will be issued enjoining the strike for a period of 60 days.

Today's hearing will be held at 9 a.m. by Superior Court Judge Evelio Grillo presiding.

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