Submitted by Anonymous on Sun, 08/11/2013 - 9:10am
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.
Submitted by Anonymous on Sat, 08/10/2013 - 1:58am
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?!?)
Submitted by Anonymous on Sun, 08/04/2013 - 10:23pm
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.
Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 08/02/2013 - 7:10pm
I am sure the unions and employees don't have any remorse for the harm they are inflicting on people who depend on BART to go to work. They are selfish sloths!
Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 08/02/2013 - 9:38am
I encourage all of you to contact Sen DeSaulnier to jump-start legislation to prohibit public transit strikes in CA. New York, Oregon already have this in place - why not us?
Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 07/30/2013 - 10:08am
Ok people, we are now being held hostage by incompetent BART management and irresponsible UNIONS. So what is next…? Higher FARES and no choice.
It’s time to get the governor involved on this, or press BART to fire everyone and start a rehiring process that would place wages at reasonable market rates. When was the last time you got a paid increase or benefits increase? Seriously, enough is enough.
Submitted by bart_rider on Wed, 07/24/2013 - 5:14pm
"One issue that is not on the table in the talks between BART and its unions is the system’s generous buy-back policy for unused sick, holiday and vacation leave — which can be a gold mine for all workers, but particularly for managers"
click link to read the entire article.