I am a daily BART commuter who spends about an hour a day taking the train. On Thursday (8/22/2013), I was taking the train to work in the morning as usual. I remember the train car I was in had carpet floor and it was dirty with an unpleasant smell. Soon after I got to my office, I felt itchiness on both my ankles. Later that day, I developed a hive all over my lower leg area. I immediately consulted my doctor, she said the hive is consistent with flea bites.
I believe that people are starting to realize that they have to fight for what they have, and fight to move forward. Otherwise they will end up being "contract labor" with no benefits or working some retail outfit for minimum wage (which is not a minimum wage anymore, it's way under poverty now).
I see many more unions standing up, good job and continue standing for your families..
SEIU City of Oakland workers,
City of Hayward workers,
ATU 1555 BART,
SEIU 1021 BART
East Bay MUD,
San Jose 911 Operators,
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.
At certain stations there are booths which allow you to exchange old tickets for a single ticket with the accumulated value. Does anyone know why they do not accept tickets purchased with a credit card?
I recently purchased a small folding bicycle for $85 total. I figured that buying a folding bike is a good idea because people with regular bikes have been experiencing increasing incidents of not being able to board buses and trains due to overcrowding. Almost all of the transit agencies in the Bay Area allow folding bikes to be carried on despite the amount of room there is available for bikes.
BART trains are returning to their normal schedules after a westbound train stalled in the Transbay Tube on Thursday morning and caused systemwide delays, the agency said.
The train heading to San Francisco International Airport broke down about 8:25 a.m. and prompted BART to single-track trains around the disabled cars.
The stalled train was removed from the tube and the track reopened at 8:55 a.m.
BART officials say the system is recovering from delays of up to 25 minutes.
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.
“I’m slightly less pro-union than I was in the past, because I think unions can be so supportive of their members that they are not looking at the entire picture of society.”
“This is just another example of the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer,” said Dana McMillan, 42, who was at the MacArthur BART station with her twin daughters in a double stroller. “The people working at BART are homeowners.”
So while professional folks such as the vehicle mechanics / electronic technicians might not be compensated as well, apparently the front line workers are making a killing AND with plenty of "perks" that aren't pointed out in most articles.
These guys are beyond spoiled! I found other "perks" in the Station Agent / Train operator contract (http://www.bart.gov/docs/job_descriptions/jobs/CBA/2009_2013_ATU.pdf)
- (3) PAID 15 min breaks, every 2 hours
- PAID 30 min lunch
- OVERTIME if any of above breaks are missed ( OT for missing a PAID lunch?!?)
After months of contentious negotiations, BART and its unions are still about $100 million apart on terms of a new contract, transit district officials told a state panel Wednesday.
"There are significant issues to be resolved with each individual union, as well as general issues," said Vicki Nuetzel, a senior attorney for BART.
The transit district led off the Oakland hearing before the three-member state panel appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to report on the issues that led to a 4 1/2 day strike in July and threatened to shut down the system again this week.
Call me crazy, but I think this guy has the right idea.
And I'm SOOO GLAD that I won't have to be a regular BART commuter anymore!!! I'll still ride it occasionally, though.
I now take Caltrain instead of BART to get to the city. I get on/off at Sunnyvale or Mountain View to save money, it I'll get on or off at Capitol, Tamien, or Diridon if I'm lazy that day. It's a tad more expensive if I get on before Sunnyvale, but Caltrain is WAY nicer, so it's worth it. I try to take a train with Bombardier equipment if I can to charge my phone up.
I support bart management 100% and want to know if there is any way for regular riders to support management during the union negotiations. Management should use profits to enhance the system's reach, safety and reliability while keeping total employee compensation in check.
Station Agent Antoinette Bryant (Salary $145,517) waddled out of the negotiations wearing her short wig and grunted and snorted through her talking points before finally announcing NO STRIKE THIS WEEK.
Looks like management won the latest round of chicken.