This is copied from a news article.
Bruno Cohen of KPIX. KPIX sourced the Bay Area Council on multiple stories about the BART strike. One KPIX report misleadingly stated that “economists estimated the first day of the BART strike costs the region $73 million in lost worker productivity alone.” The “economists” were Bay Area Council lobbyists. The story did not disclose Cohen’s seat on the board of the Bay Area Council.
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OK so the big tough Mgt negotiation team bolstered itself with the $400K man who splits to Disneyland at hour of most need. Nice. I hope the 14th and 23rd floors enjoy signing that check for those wonderful services rendered. MGT got their ass kick in the negotiation process. The lost at every turn. Could not happen to a nice bunch...........really......take the last train to loserville. Time for clean the carpets on 14 and 23........
I am a disabled person with serious pulmonary disease. During the Bart strikes my condition grew much worse due to pollution created from traffic of those driving to work. I believe that this may have killed some pulmonary patients. Does Bart have the right to harm others with their strike. I have always supported unions that have legitimate grievances. I can't support this when they already have such high salaries and benefits. They should have to pay medical and retirement just like everyone else. Please ban Bart strikes.
I realize it is the NTSB causing tomorrow's delay this time but they could't do their ivnestigation on a weekend without disrupting service to exhausted passengers so SOOOOOOOOOOON after the strike. After all, we all know the NTSB will find the same OSHA did when Mr. Strickland was hit. The bus bridges suck; they are really slow.
UNSAFE WORKING CONDITIONS
There is a movement to ban BART strikes legally by changing the law. The contention is that BART is essential to the Bay Area and and to the safety of the people in it. If you believe this to be true then the ATU of 800+ people(Station agents/transportation clerks/foreworkers/Train Operators} would have to be declared safety sensitive. If this happens we would be placed in the same category as Police and Fire fighters. This would end the right to strike but we would be compensated and benefited like them as well.
Basically the option is:
The air traffic controllers that went on strike were in a law restricted strike contract. Those that chose to strike broke the law. Reagan already had fully trained Military air controllers on the payroll and subsequently warned them and ultimately terminated and then replaced them for breaking the law.
When I log in and see three threads with 30,40,50 responses all between two trolls having a pissing contest on the internet, that is where I have to draw the line. Some of the accounts are new, a few are not so new, and then there's Bartarded. I should have banned you a long LONG time ago, but I put up with your shit because, for the most part, it was on topic. Well, congratulations if you were trying to see how far you could go, you found it.
For the record here is what I have done.
Workers have had to come up to speed on technology and deal with little or no pay raises for the past several years. Why should BART employees be exempt?
Let me give you a preview of basic manual labor in the private sector (no high school degree needed)
Wage: $10 / hour
Vacation: 2 weeks
Schedule: whenever your boss tells you
That's why every BART opening has 200k applications - you are all over paid already!
By the looks of the BART Management team, these negotiations have been a windfall for taking advantage of the free feed bags at negotiation sessions. I mean, talk about taking advantage of free doughnuts and pizza at the late night bargaining. WTF. Is gravy their beverage of choice? What a pathetic bunch. Work rules are a sacred cow to us and are worth a lot of money in the form of salary increase to offset their disappearance.
"Days" of "Negotiation": 201 (as of 10/18)
Days of Actual Negotiation: ??? lower single digit??? No one has a clue..
Days of Actual Strike: 5.5 and counting
Number of cooling off period: 3 months
Number of strike threats: 9
Pissed off and tired passengers: 200,000 +
Number of Politicians "standing up" for taxpayers: 1? (assuming he has no self interest what so ever)
Money lost due to the strike: > $400 Million lost of productive (assuming $73 Million per day lost of productivity) plus $$$ spent on alternative commute options
It's time the unions and management felt the wrath of the public. While some people truely have no other way to get to their jobs and other places without BART, everyone else who can find a substitute should get together and boycott riding BART. A public strike/boycott would send a deafening message to both sides. As far as I'm concerned the unions are mostly to blame and wish they could all be fired and new non-union agents and drivers as well as the rest of the current employees of Bart should be sacked. There a thousands of people who would be qualified to replace them.
Let's be perfectly clear on this, shall we?
Unions at one time were necessary. Big corporations did in fact take advantage of the worker. No one would argue the generalization of that statement back in the day. Fast forward to now though and guess what? Everything the union fought to protect the worker from is NOW ENFORCED AND THE WORKER PROTECTED UNDER AND BY FEDERAL LAW!!!!
"So if that's the truth, obsgone" you may ask, "then why do we have unions today?"
PLEASE! For the love of it, show some sack and finally do what your mouth has been blabbering about all these months and walk out you freakin uneducated, lazy good for nothing leeches!!! PLEASE!! You are negotiating with my (the taxpayers money) and I say F you, nothing more, no over time BS work around, learn your job, do it right, shut the F up and be grateful you have an above average pay SECURE job.