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BART union employees vote to authorize a strike

Original post made on Jun 27, 2013

BART's two biggest labor unions announced today that their members have voted to authorize a strike against the transit agency. The unions' contracts with BART expire on Sunday, so a strike could potentially begin as soon as Monday. morning.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 11:57 AM

Comments (7)

Posted by LMP, a resident of Danville
on Jun 27, 2013 at 7:02 am

What a poorly written article- or perhaps it's done on purpose. What are the DETAILS of the strike issues? They are BART's request workers pay $92/mo for family health care and contribute something to their pension. Most private sector workers don't even have a pension. Strikers want a 23% pay raise over 3 years. The average salary is $71m, $11m overtime, and >$50m in benefits. If the public knows this, they'll want striking BART workers to go the way of striking air traffic contollers. Anyone can be replaced.


Posted by Laura, a resident of Danville
on Jun 27, 2013 at 7:11 am

The Sycamore Valley Road/ Camino Ramon intersection is extremely busy, and those crossing iron horse trail are very vulnerable. The area really needs a pedestrian overpass to increase safety for walkers and bikers. Most places with this degree of congestion use such, and it's strange that accommodations don't already exist. An overpass would greatly benefit cars and nondrivers alike.


Posted by Julia, a resident of Alamo
on Jun 27, 2013 at 10:15 am

Laura...you have your brains in the sky. I am assuming you know how to read. What on earth does your comment have to do with the subject matter at hand. You may have a great idea, but know when to play your cards.

Thanks for Listening....Julia Pardini from Alamo


Posted by C. R. Mudgeon, a resident of Danville
on Jun 27, 2013 at 10:39 am

One of the "benefits" that I hope the BART board is successful in ending is the practice of pension "pick-up", as discussed in the article below from the CC times. This refers to the employer (BART, meaning taxpayers) paying for not only the employER cost of pensions, but also "picking up" the employee's contribution as well. Apparently this little-known (but costly) practice has been applied to most BART employees.

Read down through the linked article to find some specifics of this, as it relates to BART (the article starts off with some non-BART examples).

We need a BART board and negotiation team that will hang tough, in ending the most egregious bits of "nest feathering" that take place at BART.

Web Link


Posted by PSMacintosh, a resident of Danville
on Jun 27, 2013 at 3:15 pm

As we move further towards the realization of ABAG's, ONE BAY AREA's and UN's ideas of getting rid of cars (and individual transport systems) and forcing mass transit systems upon us all, we will experience the results of having one unified large mass transit system. It puts an enormous amount of clout into the hands of its Employee's UNION.
We'll see (again) how it feels for us citizens to be BLACKMAILED into ever-higher and over-the-top compensation packages for basic workers doing fairly menial tasks.
Pay up or we'll strike (and bring down the Bay Area's economy).
This is why it used to be that "government workers" could not strike.
Imagine a world where there is only government-supplied transportation, healthcare, education, etc.. The Employee Unions will be able to get anything and everything.
With only Politicians (with no personal money at stake) to fight against their demands, government employees will become the richest, cushiest class on earth.


Posted by Conservator, a resident of Danville
on Jun 27, 2013 at 6:03 pm

@PSM,

Come now, we already have the "cushiest class on earth(sic)". Those individuals are apart of an incredibly strong bargaining unit organization and they have not shown any reticence to strike, regardless of the concurrent impacts to society. Their employers are MLB, the NFL, the NBA and even the NHL.

Can you imagine a world where individuals from those "Employee Unions are able to get to get anything and everything?"


Posted by PSMacintosh, a resident of Danville
on Jul 1, 2013 at 2:26 pm

I don't have to IMAGINE that--I already can't afford to go to a football game, etc..
I think that it is ridiculous that a baseball player gets paid millions of dollars--it's out of whack with reality (except that it is in reality).
I think that it is ridiculous that a plumber (or auto mechanic) charges at a rate of $180 or more per hour.
There's nothing "rational" about Unions. It's all just highway robbery at some form of gunpoint.
Let's see how the Bay Area likes being held up!?!
But you know the BART management is not really going to hold the line here. They aren't real Business Owners. They don't have anything really at stake to lose. So they'll cave fairly quickly.
It is only us Citizens who will pay more from this Strike and Pay Raise----and we have no one at the Bargaining Table representing us at all.
Take out your wallet--give up the cash.
Go to the Bank--take out a loan and pay the man outside.
Then go for a ride on BART (actually you'll end up paying for BART even if you never use BART).


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