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BART management, unions continue contract talks as new strike looms

Original post made on Aug 1, 2013

BART management met with union leaders again Tuesday to try to reach an agreement before the contract for the transit agency's employees expires Sunday night but a union official said the talks weren't productive.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 4:05 PM


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Posted by Diane Rudgears
a resident of Diablo
on Aug 1, 2013 at 8:58 am

The SEIU and their minions are a bunch of Alinsky thugs who don't deserve a dime more for their worthless low-educated thug "workers.".

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Posted by PSMacintosh
a resident of Danville
on Aug 1, 2013 at 10:05 am

These union demands are really about making us pay more money! And yet we don't have any say in the matter.
What can we, the general public--BART customers and taxpayers--do to inform the Union and BART employees that we think that they already make enough (too much) money and disapprove of their demands and their strike threats?
How about we honk our car horns when passing any BART Station or BART Train along the freeway?
How about we wear black ribbons around our arms or wrists when using the BART system over the next few days before the strike? Or, if there is a strike, then wear the black ribbon continuously around in public (not just around the BART system).
What else could we do to show our disgust!?! Any ideas?

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Posted by Julia
a resident of Alamo
on Aug 1, 2013 at 10:51 am

Hey BART Management stop messing with the situation.

Give the greedy fools what they want and let the fur fly.

Do not increase fares...Do not increase parking rates.

Let them bankrupt the system...File Bankruptcy and Start all over with new people and a new union contract created by down to earth thinkers.

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Posted by C. R. Mudgeon
a resident of Danville
on Aug 1, 2013 at 3:43 pm

So my short synopsis of the above article is that BART has already "moved" on their initial offer, and raised the offer in a fairly significant way, and the union has not moved at all from their outrageous demands.

BART management now needs to hold the line on their offer, and perhaps consider retracting it back to the original offer, if it (the latest raised offer) isn't accepted.

BART management was also right to ignore the mediator's "gag order". All negotiations should be conducted in the broad light of day, since this is a taxpayer-supported public agency. At minimum, BART should be fully disclosing their offers to the union.

Not only are BART salaries and benefits among the highest of any transit authority in the nation, but a recent Contra Costa Times article pointed out that average BART employee salary is already the highest of any public employee group in the Bay Area. And that includes police departments, fire departments, etc. Time to get real.