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.
Please, may I know why this is happening?
As far as I know my question wasn't against the rules or anything.
Why isn't service being provided to ALL stations? That sucks!
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.