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 Train Operator ... on Fri, 08/02/2013 - 8:54pm
You assholes bitch that we are one of the highest paid transit employees in the U.S. Actually we are around the fourth or third highest paid depending on the year. No matter how much you bitch about the system, it is routinely the #1 on time performing transit agency in the U.S. That doesn't happen by magic, that happens by the people who work to keep this crappy outdated trolly system running.
As far as striking goes, none of us in the Union wanted this. Management did.
Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 07/30/2013 - 1:12pm
BART said Monday that it would need to raise fares 18 percent over the next three years if it gave in to union demands for pay raises exceeding 20 percent over three years.
"We would like to avoid that," BART spokesman Rick Rice said of steep fare hikes to cover pay increases.
Meanwhile, BART contract talks continued Monday in Oakland in an effort to avoid a second potential strike that union leaders have said they may call Aug. 5 if no contract agreement is reached by then. A four-day strike was held earlier this month.
Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 07/30/2013 - 10:50am
While BART and its unions fight over employee pay raises with another strike looming in a week, a new analysis by this newspaper reveals the rail line's workers already have bigger paychecks than any of their peers.
BART workers easily earned the most money on average last year among the 25 largest government agencies in the Bay Area, the newspaper's review of public employee payroll data shows. What's more, BART employees also topped the list of the highest-paid transit operators in California.
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 Anonymous on Mon, 07/29/2013 - 7:56pm
It seems like there are a lot of idiots on here and a lot of smart ones too... You can decide for yourself which category you fall into...
As a BART employee... I want to say that following..
All of you people that are so pissed off about us wanting management to address safety issues, pissed off because we want raises, pissed off because we went on strike... this is for you
i haven't had a raise in 5 years but the general manager grace crunican got $20k after 6 months
she's fully vested after 2 years
she walks away with full medical and pension.
WHY AREN'T YOU MAD AT HER????
"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"
Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 07/18/2013 - 3:53pm
"A milestone in public outreach for BART's Fleet of the Future project comes July 23-26, when a 2/3-scale mockup of a train car interior will be set up for public viewing at MacArthur Station in Oakland."
Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 07/17/2013 - 7:51am
1. Go to: http://www.mercurynews.com/salaries/bay-area
2. Under "Entity", chose "Bay Area Rapid Transit"
3. Click "search"
4. Page 1 of 138 will appear.
5. In the "Page" box, type 69, and click enter. Now a page w/the median annual salary of BART employees will appear.
Submitted by Anonymous on Tue, 07/16/2013 - 10:19pm
As a passenger who relies on bart to get to work everyday, I am tired of reading these finger pointing articles instead of something meaningful that shows negotiation progress. (yes, I am aware of the gag order)
BUT I don't care!!! I am too tired to care!!!
I am sure there are HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of commuters like me out there and feel the same way. We all have our own sob stories, but you don't see us posting everyday to gain empathy.
SO PLEASE STOP THE FINGER POINTING!!! ONCE FOR ALL!!! GET YOUR F&%DING SHIT TOGETHER AND GET THE CONTRACT DONE!!!