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BART talks continue; union leader pessimistic about reaching agreement

Original post made on Jul 30, 2013

BART management met with union leaders again Monday to try to reach an agreement before the union employees' contract expires at midnight Sunday. SEIU Local 1021 executive director Pete Castelli said negotiations have been ongoing but have been proceeding more slowly than they should because BART's lead negotiator has been on vacation for the past 10 days.

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Posted by Bill
a resident of Danville
on Jul 30, 2013 at 6:52 am

Be prepared to be held hostage by an overpaid, greedy union gang that should be fired if they choose to negatively impact our fragile Bay Area economy just because they can. Fighting for rights and decent wages is one thing, but when your the highest paid group of workers of this kind then you lose the support and sympathy of the community.


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Posted by PSMacintosh
a resident of Danville
on Jul 30, 2013 at 8:51 am

I highly suspect the BART employees are significantly OVERPAID for what they do, especially for the menial tasks (like cleaning/janitorial) and "driver" tasks.
Considering that they are "union" employees, they are probably all overpaid (relative to the same job duties in the general workforce).
Show us a LIST of the job titles, salaries & benefits, job duties, and experience/training/education requirements to get that job.
Show us some justification for paying these people this highly.
Any STRIKE is not against BART, it is against the general public (it is the customers wallet who will pay for an increases). How do we STRIKE back against these union employees to let them know how we feel about PAYING MORE for them to do their basic job.
We're not talking about "innovation, creativity, ingenuity, excellent and competitive customer service" here. I don't see employees making vast improvements in the customer experience on a daily and monthly basis.
We're talking about basic skills--tightening a bolt, cleaning a toilet, reporting a ticket machine outage, checking a line, answering a question.
We're not talking about high education requirements and intense brain power to solve some unique problem.
We're talking about routine, show up and do your time job without much take-it-home stress.
These employees are OVERPAID already.........and UNGRATEFUL...........and UNFRIENDLY.......and UNCARING. Most of the general public are just too nice to tell them that to their face.


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Posted by dot
a resident of Danville
on Jul 30, 2013 at 9:13 am

What I'd like to know is why BART's lead negotiator's vacation was approved on July 7 knowing full well that the cooling off period was less than a month away. These jokers - all of them on both sides - should be sitting down and hammering through these issues day in and day out until an agreement is reached. A juror is not granted vacation in the middle of deliberations. Can someone please explain this to me?


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Posted by Julia
a resident of Alamo
on Jul 30, 2013 at 10:32 am

Terminate all of them and start fresh...And when I say all of them I mean all of them from TOP to BOTTOM...

Put out the notice "Help Wanted Etc. Etc." You will have a line 2 miles long.

The BART new union contract must state NO STRIKES Allowed.

You should know the rest of the drill.

Our president did it with Air Traffic Controllers...A much more important group of employees...They got the work and all is well.

Thanks for Listening, Julia Pardini from Alamo

PS...If BART gives in the Governor should terminate all the Management folks


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Posted by Chaz
a resident of Danville
on Jul 31, 2013 at 9:44 am

Thanks for your comments Julia !

Reagan did the termination of the air traffic controllers. I was an ex government employee (military) and did not have the option to strike !!! No strikes allowed!! And we fund these folks with our tax dollars? May they rot in strike hell..............