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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 !!

Idea ... BART buyout?

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.

How compensation affected NYC MYA trains

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.

Do not be held hostage by BART union

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.

Negotiations?

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.

BART employees are engaged in a criminal conspiracy to log overtime

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 ).

BART employees are engaged in a criminal conspiracy to log overtime

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 ).

A Suggestion for BART Management

From all available information, it appears to me that the unions are not negotiating in good faith. Union leadership clearly has decided that they will get a better deal only after they have inflicted a strike upon all of us, and aren't even trying to negotiate a contract before the deadline.

If I were BART management, I would do this:

(1) Announce that the current offer on the table is the last, final offer. I think they are up to 2% annual raises now, which is perfectly fair in the current economic enivornment.

AC Transit Warns Monday Strike Possible

East Bay commuters have more than just a potential BART strike to worry about Monday morning. AC Transit issued a warning Saturday urging passengers to consider transit alternatives for Monday as contract talks with employee unions have so far failed to result in either a new contract or an extension of the existing contract, according to spokesman Clarence Johnson.

The AC Transit union's contract expires on Sunday, the same day contracts between BART and its five unions end.

Sick To Death Of It!

Last time these negotiations went on, it seemed like you guys felt absolutely no risk when you held the public hostage for more money. I think you seriously miscalculate the amount of contempt the public holds you in. I make less than $25,000 a year as a single man, commute one hour to work every day and once hour home. I get paid no benefits because I can't afford to have the money deducted from my paycheck. The system you operate was paid for by us, the taxpayer, to assist us, the taxpayer.

Why doesn't BART consider the travel problems faced by San Francisco riders who commute to work in the East Bay?

With all the talk about an impending strike, everyone keeps saying (maddeningly)that we need to get a back up transportation plan in place. Okay, fine, but this has happened before and for some reason the media and transportation agencies seem to think everyone who commutes to work on BART lives in the East Bay. How the heck am I going to get to work on Monday from San Francisco to Walnut Creek. I am about to throw in the towel trying to plan this.

Great to see worker support from so many different places this time..

First I want to say Teamsters are behind you..

BARTRage against the management at BART, work out a fair contract with workers!

Groups supporting BART Workers this time are!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PxzB2Th3E8

Workers on strike this coming week standing beside each other not just behind.

International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers Local 21, engineers, attorneys, planners and other professionals,
East Bay Regional Park District
City of Oakland | SEIU Local 1021
BART - ATU 1555
BART - SEIU
AC Transit ATU 192

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Why?

First off, let me give you a little background about me. I have been working at BART for over 15 years as a TVET (Transit Vehicle Electronic Technician). My sole responsibilities are maintaining and repairing the BART trains. In order to get hired, I had to have a college degree. I also had to pass an extensive written and practical test. Because I am considered ”Safety Sensitive” I am subject to random drug testing. I also have to pass a CPUC mandated written test every three years in order to keep my job.

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BART Unions Vote to Fuck Over Bay Area Commuters

This morning, BART workers announced the results of last night's vote on whether to strike pending the expiration of their contract on Sunday. The votes are in, and they have officially authorized a strike that could go into effect as early as Monday morning. AC Transit, which expressed downright terror at the prospect of taking up the extra transit slack, has also voted to authorize their own strike. All in all, it sounds like a complete transportation meltdown could be headed our way.

The ideal BART system!

Can I get some input on this? This is my idea for a model BART system!

Line 1: Tamien to Sacramento
Extends Richmond - Fremont line up to Sacramento via Western Contra Costa County, Solano County, and Davis and Sacramento; extends down to Tamien in San Jose via Milpitas, East San Jose, and Downtown San Jose.

Line 2: Brentwood to Daly City
Extends Pittsburg/Bay Point - SFO/Millbrae line to up to Brentwood via East Contra Costa County; terminates southbound at Daly City.

Line 3: Livermore to Millbrae

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