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Legislators kill BART strike ban proposal
3 Democrats vote against, 2 Republicans in favor
A bill that would have banned strikes by public transit employees, such as BART workers who walked off the job twice last year, has been killed by a state Senate committee.
The Senate Public Employees and Retirement Committee rejected the bill by Sen. Bob Huff, R-Diamond Bar, in a party line vote on Monday, with
the three Democrats on the committee voting against it and the two Republicans on the panel voting for it.
Two Bay Area Democrats were among those who voted against the bill: Sen. Leland Yee of San Francisco and Sen. Jim Beall of San Jose.
Huff said he introduced the bill in the wake of the short strikes by BART workers in July and October, which caused traffic jams for Bay Area
Huff said in a statement, "Last year, Californians witnessed the Bay Area come to a screeching halt not once, but twice, as leaders of the
BART employee union called strikes and BART trains went dark."
He said, "Hundreds of thousands of Bay Area residents could not get to work, go to school, see the doctor, or visit with family and friends and it cost the region $73 million each day."
Huff said, "As a legislature, we have failed to make public transit reliable. That's a major failure. Californians deserve a government that works for everyone but they were let down."
However, Beall said Huff's bill "was not solution-oriented."
Beall said, "It offered nothing to resolve the underlying bargaining issues that separate employees and management or to keep both sides at the table, such as binding arbitration."
Yee couldn't be reached for comment.
Huff's spokesman, Bill Bird, said the bill's fate may have been sealed when the Senate's Rules Committee, which is controlled by Democrats who have a strong majority in the Senate, assigned it to the Public Employees and Retirement Committee instead of the Transportation Committee.
Huff believed his bill should have been heard by the Senate Transportation Committee because it involves a transportation issue, Bird said.
Huff knew his bill faced tough odds in the Senate but he introduced it because he thought "it was the right thing to do," Bird said.
The committee's vote means that Huff's bill is "dead" but Huff or another senator could still re-introduce similar legislation before the late
February deadline for introducing new bills, Bird said.
— Bay City News Service
Posted by Anti-union
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 22, 2014 at 3:48 pm
to blow hard who knows NOT how to think, education is ONLY ONE measurement for SOME jobs. Higher positions usually require higher education. However, there are Billionaires like Branson who were school dropouts. MID-management company positions usually require and government positions at Liv Lab for example, require a degree...just because!! ask them why skills aren't enough. Today because degrees are becoming the norm, you don't GET interviewed in most MID-level openings in the FIRST place!!!! Except today, even in many engineering type jobs you don't 'have' a position like mechanical engineer IN a company. IF a company need manpower for a new product/contract order, the company simply says to the engineer, come in and work, turn in your hours, and we can probably use you something like 4-6 months on our latest missile or camera contract. When you're done, you're gone. NO Christmas Day pay, company was locked. Need 3 hrs for medical procedure, those 3 hours are missing on hours worked on project that week time. That's today's world of degreed 50yr old, educated workers....workers, NOT employEEs. But that worker still has to pay outrageous taxes for the political whxxxx who have sold out taxpayers who are then held hostage for feeding the greedy PUBLIC unions.
Now, if you're angry at 'wealthy' people, you have that right for your feelings and opinions, be they right or wrong. But, don't confuse EDUCATED middle-class workers who have twice the skills of your positions, but earn less, and have NO JOB-SECURITY. Why? Because as at the top of this topic above, UNION workers are the single HIGHEST political contributors in all CA elections to elect people who will perpetuate union excesses. Uneducated PUBLIC workers, living off educated middle-class who suffer...That's real Inequality!!!
Today's Inequality is REAL for the Middle-class. Today's focus, yet abuse of inequality is NOT understanding MIDDLE-income inequality.
You think you understand tiny bits of the situation. True, the rich do just fine no matter what. The poor get by under dozens of programs PER family, i.e. free-luch prm which opens to door to goodies forever, free higher education, subsidized housing, medi-cal medicine, special pg&e rates, food stamps, etc, too long to list, but netting out almost as well, as TODAY'S NEW Middle-class Educated worker. That Middle-income worker who will work until he can no longer work, no matter the age without retirement, to pay unrealistic, and unjustified union demands. Yes, the bought-off politicians are serving unions/you well...screw the middle-income taxpayers.
Yes, as the title above says, Legislators KILL the strike BAN proposal. Predictable. The unfunded assult continues. Unfair to expect the abused middle-income company-to-company worker to foot the bill, and unfair for our kids too. The assult of excesses must end.