BART Worker Pay & Benefits Among Top in U.S.A.
BART's board president says the transit agency's unionized workers are the best paid in the nation. The workers say that's flat-out false - and all summer, through contract talks that have already devolved into one strike, both sides have been trotting out numbers to prove their case.
It turns out the truth is somewhere in the middle. BART workers aren't at the top when it comes to salaries, but factor in their low-cost health care and lack of pension contributions, and they may well be among the best-off in the country, a Chronicle analysis shows.
BART workers, for instance, pay much less for their health coverage than many other transit agencies, and their zero contribution to a generous pension package is a better deal than most other transit employees receive.