Board sets hearing to probe BART labor dispute

Board sets hearing to investigate BART labor dispute that threatens train shutdown

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Anthony Meadow prepares to ride BART to the airport where he plans to catch a plane to Washington, D.C., at the Rockridge BART station in Oakland, Calif., after a late-night decision by Gov. Jerry Brown to stop the BART strike with a seven-day injunction on Monday, Aug. 5, 2013. Meadow said his wife was up at 4:30 checking the website to see if she was going to have to drive him to the airport if the BART strike went through. (AP Photo/The Contra Costa Times, Laura A. Oda )

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A board created to investigate Bay Area Rapid Transit's ongoing labor fight is calling for a public hearing to investigate the contract dispute between the agency's managers and unions.

Jacob Appelsmith, chair of the investigatory board, sent a letter to both parties Monday asking for summaries of their positions ahead of the hearing.

The hearing is scheduled for Wednesday in Oakland and will be open to the public.

Gov. Jerry Brown empaneled the board late Sunday, averting a strike that would have created traffic mayhem for San Francisco area commuters on Monday.

The board will conduct a seven-day inquiry into the contract dispute, in which wages, pensions and health care benefits have been key sticking points.

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