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BART trains will run Wednesday as talks continue

BART service will be up and running on Wednesday while negotiations continue between the transit agency's management and union leaders, a federal mediator overseeing the talks announced.

Bay Area commuters will be able to board BART trains starting at 4 a.m. on Wednesday as normal, despite the looming threat of a strike over the

past several days.

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"Bargaining continues to take place...the parties have made some progress," federal mediator George Cohen told reporters in Oakland Tuesday.

Cohen declined to answer any questions regarding ongoing contract negotiations with BART's two largest unions but said, "We are devoting all of

our energies...for the parties to reach an agreement."

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Posted by LMP
a resident of Danville
on Oct 18, 2013 at 6:46 am

If you want the public to abandon their cars and embrace public transportation, you cannot allow transit workers to strike.


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Posted by RUkidding
a resident of Danville
on Oct 18, 2013 at 8:01 am

Hang tough Management. These employees have always been over paid for the small amount of work they do on an automated system. If you doubt this, take a close look at the existing "Work Rules" that are stalling a settlement.


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Posted by Bill
a resident of Danville
on Oct 18, 2013 at 8:35 am

Why does every news outlet including the Danville Patch have the news that BART went on strike yet the Express 2 day old news posted?


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Posted by Samantha
a resident of Danville
on Oct 18, 2013 at 8:51 am

Fire the lazy union thugs. They want to KEEP their calling in sick for 2 days then getting overtime PAY when they saunter back to work!!! Fire them all.


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Posted by Julia
a resident of Alamo
on Oct 18, 2013 at 9:36 am

Well BART Management...NOW IS THE TIME TO TAKE IT TO THE WALL.

Post a NOTICE...ALL PERSONS THAT ARE REFUSING TO REPORT TO WORK AS SCHEDULED ARE HERE BY GIVEN NOTICE THAT YOUR EMPLOYMENT WITH BART IS TERMINATED.

Furthermore, BART management will be accepting employment applications starting Monday, October 21, 2013... etc. etc.

Dear BART Management...This is a must if you want to stay in control.

Just my Opinion, Thank you for Listening, Julia Pardini from Alamo


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Posted by C. R. Mudgeon
a resident of Danville
on Oct 18, 2013 at 2:47 pm

There haven't been a whole lot of details yet, on the "work rules" issues that are apparently behind today's strike (Friday, 10/18). But from what I HAVE heard, the unions are basically objecting to some efforts by BART management to improve efficiency (such as increased use of e-mails and computers, instead of hand-written reports and FAXes). Good to know that the unions are standing up for cursive, and fighting hard for their "right to FAX". I have a couple of theories on this. I guess the most obvious explanation is that the unions equate better efficiency with loss of jobs, at least in the long run. But resisting the elimination of hand-written and FAXed (!) documents seems like an argument from 1990....

One other thing that I think I heard was that the union wanted some sort of role in the scheduling of trains (or it might have just been the periodic scheduling of extra trains, in response to special events). But this seems ridiculous, as it would potentially allow the union to determine their own needs for overtime.

My other theory is that the work rules argument is just a last-ditch ruse. After arguing about work rules for a while, the unions will offer to drop their work-rules objections in exchange for an additional sweetening of the financial pot, even though the financial issues have supposedly been settled.

As others have said, BART mgmt. needs to hang tough. I am fairly certain that public sentiment is overwhelmingly on the side of mgmt. at this point, even to the point of people saying things like "let them strike", "hire replacements now", etc. But in the end, it's not really BART mgmts' money, either, so who knows...

I also noted that the Federal mediators left last night's (Thursday) negotiations with an intent to return to Washington. It takes all day (basically) to fly from here to the east coast. And no way were they going to be spending their Saturday on an airplane! Hence the need to be flying to DC today.....


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