Oh my, could it be true?
Well, it seems for some reason all BART stations are suddenly afflicted with 'failing' escalators since the 4 day hissy fit the unions decided to throw and then forced back to work since they were barred from striking again for 60 days.
I guess things of this nature just suddenly manifest when unions don't get what they want.
Just yesterday, on my way to work (or as the unions say, on my way to magically conjure up money while drinking pina coladas on the beach since only 'union' workers 'actually' work) both stations had their main escalators (the longest ones is what I call the mains) blocked off 'out-of-order'.
On my way home, I started from a different station than I got off at and wow guess what...main escalator out-of-order. Down the steps I go, shoulder to shoulder, watching old short ladies barely keeping their feet under themselves until I reach bottom and see lines stretching longer than usual....oh yes, 8 car train after 8 car train...but thats another contention for another time.
On the train stop off to transfer and WOW another main escalator out-of-service. Climbing up stairs to my train off to home expecting to see the main escalator out-of-service, WOW it still is and no union worker sitting in the pit removing the parts, looking at them then reinstalling them all at a snails pace, of course.
So what does this all mean? It's the typical union tactic when in negotiations, the system the union is tasked with keeping going (whatever it may be) suddenly has these various hiccups, service lacks and excuses start flying. Ladies and Gentlemen, it's all a ruse and who does it really hurt in the end, you and I the taxpayers that are actually their bosses by right; we pay their salary.
And just to shut up any union parasite scumbag that wants to spread lies and rhetoric, here's a couple of bullet points pulled from BARTs Quarterly Service Performance Review April-June (right when their contract was coming up)
- Escalator availability goals not met and quarterly improvement trend not sustained, however May and June were better
- Complaints up compared to last quarter and last year
WOW. No excuses anymore. Fire them all.