Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 07/03/2013 - 8:06am
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.
Submitted by coco_parsifal on Mon, 07/01/2013 - 7:11pm
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?
Submitted by Anonymous on Mon, 07/01/2013 - 6:51pm
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 !!
Submitted by Anonymous on Sun, 06/30/2013 - 3:14pm
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.
Submitted by Anonymous on Sun, 06/30/2013 - 1:57pm
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 ).
Submitted by Anonymous on Sun, 06/30/2013 - 12:36pm
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.
Submitted by RandySF on Sun, 06/30/2013 - 1:18am
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.
Submitted by Anonymous on Fri, 06/28/2013 - 3:57pm
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.
Submitted by Anonymous on Thu, 06/27/2013 - 6:52pm
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.
Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 06/26/2013 - 10:30am
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.