Sign online petition to ban BART strikes

Orinda city councilmember Steve Glazer has created an online petition to urge the California state legislature to pass a law banning strikes by BART and other public transit systems. To sign the petition, go to

www.banbartstrikes.com

Fundraising campaign for Lower Rockridge North/West security

Not completely BART related but here's a cool fundraising campaign for a security guard to help with the crime at Lower Rockridge North/West:

https://www.crowdtilt.com/campaigns/security-patrol-for-lower-rockridge-northwest/description

BART managers may drive some trains if 2nd strike

Alarmingly enough, not much appears to be happening at the BART bargaining table - but away from it transportation officials are in high gear planning how to handle a possible second strike, and those plans could include running limited BART trains driven by managers.

Negotiators met three times last week, reportedly making little progress and then taking Thursday and Friday off. They're expected to resume talks this week. If no agreement emerges before the end of a governor-ordered cooling-off period at 11:59 p.m. Oct. 10, a strike could erupt.

People SmokingElectronic Cigarettes on BART

Why do people think smoking electronic cigarettes on the trains are okay? Some idiot was doing this last night and they still STINK!

BART Union Workers Angry About Negotiations --- Sudden "Equiptment Malfunctions" Begin Occurring

Ever notice how whenever the unions get upset about how things are going at the negotiating table the BART system suddenly becomes plagued with unexplained equipment malfunctions and delays?

Ever since they started holding press conferences complaining about how negotiating is going there has been some kind of delay during the morning commute almost every day. Riders are getting sick and tired of being used as pawns for the unions.

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/BART-delays-after-equipment-malfunction-4829490.php

SEIU To Spend $1 Million On Pro-Amnesty Ads

Not content with bringing the Bay Area to a grinding halt with ridiculous protests over already-too-high wages, the SEIU (which represents some of BART's lowest skilled workers) is spending millions on pro-amnesty ads seeking to legalize millions of new low-skill workers at a time when real unemployment in the unskilled worker sector is still at 12% or more.

hey BART $12.60 is TO MUCH !!

Paying $12.60 round trip from Pittsburg/Baypoint to West Dublin is WAY TO MUCH TO PAY. Especially considering I have to catch 3 different trains and it takes 2 hours. It's not cheaper or more convenient than driving.

I can drive for $7.00 round trip and it takes 50 minutes in traffic. Plus there isn't anybody who wreaks like a whole bag of burned pot.
Whats up BART? Can't we be reasonable with our public transit prices?

Thanks to the owner of site for letting me rage!

BART Board Rejects Call to Give Surplus to Workers

The BART Board of Directors sent a clear message to its unions Thursday not to expect board intervention - or a lot more money on the table - when major negotiations resume next week.

The two sides have not had a joint bargaining session since Aug. 11 when Gov. Jerry Brown ordered a 60-day cooling-off period. This week, BART met separately with its two largest unions to bargain over ancillary issues unique to their members. But a joint session with the unions to discuss the big issues - pay, pension and health insurance costs - won't take place until Monday.

Forums: 

Do my topics keep getting deleted?

Please, may I know why this is happening?
As far as I know my question wasn't against the rules or anything.

Bay Bridge closure service

Why isn't service being provided to ALL stations? That sucks!

Flea bites on BART

Hi Everybody,

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.

PODCAST - BART, stop wasting the cooling off period!! Go Working Class!

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,
ILWU, Teamsters,
ATU192 ACTransit,
ATU 1555 BART,
SEIU 1021 BART
AFSCME 3993
East Bay MUD,
San Jose 911 Operators,

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.

Exchanging Bart Tickets

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?

Is a folding bike worth the extra cost?

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 Recovering From Long Delay

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 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.

Liberals in San Francisco turn against Bart's union

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/11/us/changing-attitudes-on-labor-color-bay-area-transit-dispute.html?_r=0

“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.”

duh.

“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.”

Perks found in the Station Agent/Train operator contract

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?!?)

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