Management and the union reached a deal to extend the current contract for 30 days. They will continue negotiations during this time. Trains should be up and running by 3pm on Friday.
Interesting Tumblr of striking BART employees barely scraping by
Pop some popcorn, it's story time.
All BART commuters need to organize a class action lawsuit against the BART union if they've suffered because of the greedy strike!!!
And we all need to STORM SACRAMENTO and DEMAND that public sector unions be PROHIBITED FROM STRIKING so that we never have to suffer at the hands of the union thugs again!!!
Assuming that the strike will end in 2 weeks, I propose we commuters boycott BART on July 17th. BART staff, please don't vote.Submitted by BartHater on Wed, 07/03/2013 - 9:07pm
I've been seeing trains on the tracks in both El Cerrito and Walnut Creek at various times over the last couple of days (during the strike). Does anyone know who is driving them? and why? It's certainly not the best PR move to have empty trains very visibly running on aerial structures while folks are suffering in terrible commutes.
Over 73% of the total full time employees at BART make over $100,000 a year in total compensation with only a GED required for employment.
Over 100 people clocked $50,000 or more in overtime pay with even station agents doubling their salary with OT.
BART workers also have not 1 but 3 retirement plans fully paid for by BART. That's right, they can get THREE pensions. Their main BART pension for which they pay nothing, Social Security for which they pay 1% and BART pays 14%, and then a 401k with matching contributions by BART.
Regardless of your opinions on the BART labor negotiaons, do you believe that holding the Bay Area hostage will help the unions?Submitted by FreakyLocz14 on Tue, 07/02/2013 - 12:10pm
Or will it just make them look like asses the eyes of Bay Area commuters?
So management did nothing on Sunday night? So much for making every attempt to avert a strike.
I want to take the bus from the Pittsburg station tomorrow, but I see that picket lines are blocking the entrance. Can I park at Pittsburg Bart?
Jump on rideshares on Avego , Uber , Lyft , Sidecar !
Don't cave into these union extortionists !
Privatize BART. The union clowns have such easy entry requirements, have such bad attitude, do such a poor job, and dare to complain about wages when their total compensation package averages $130K ! More than double the national average compensation package ! Unbelievable !
WE DON'T NEED THEM !!
Just curious but would a BART buyout ever be possible? I bet if another company brought them, it would run much better than it does now.
NYC MTA has the same union, ATU and has a much larger membership than BART. Despite strength in numbers, due to ongoing deficits, management eventually laid off station agents and TOs. Some stations have NO station agent at all. There are phones to reach a station agent elsewhere. They installed high turnstiles. They've proved station agents could be done away with.
They've also been strategizing how to have automated trains without operator.
I am a rider of 7 years. There are 100 people who would take the position of any one of your striking employees. I am an RN and belong to a union-the behavior of the BART union is embarassing and makes all unions look bad. The riders I have spoken to are 100% behind BART management regarding this strike. I have never seen a BART employee moving with any urgency as I do at work- Should a BART employee make more then a teacher? and have better benefits? Do BART emplyees need to have a college degree? I will make due getting to work- do not cave in.
I'm not on the side of BART management or the Unions. I'm on the side of the people who pay for all of these douches and who will suffer from their dick-waving contest -- the riders. What really just drives me up the wall is that no one is meeting. I know all the walking out and press releases and statements are all posturing but nothing is accomplished when you aren't meeting with one another or mediators or whomever. Neither side seems to care about all the people in the Bay Area who will be going to work in the morning.
Enough evidence has emerged, we don't need absolute proof, we can infer from what we know, and fill in the blanks.
BART employees are engaged in a criminal conspiracy to rack-up as much overtime as possible - when in fact it is not real overtime.
The game is as follows : conspire with your co-worker(s) to call in sick on different days and then sign-up for co-worker's vacated shift. Get paid overtime ( 150% normal salary ) for working your co-worker's shift. Repeat endlessly, up to your maximum sick days per year ( if there is even a limit ).