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Thoughts About BART Workers Striking

Original post made by Robert, Castlewood, on Aug 14, 2009

What do you think BART workers striking during this down economy? Is the timing right, with high unemployment, to fire them all?

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Posted by Jimmy K
a resident of Del Prado
on Aug 14, 2009 at 10:32 am

I think this would be a great time to tell BART employees if they go on strike they will be fired. Give them the opportunity to reconsider. If they strike, fire them. It would be really tough in the short term for people that use BART, but it would be worth it for the long term. BART worker compensation is outrageously high. Its time to tame the monster.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 14, 2009 at 10:42 am

If there's a monster around, I think that it's YOU!

Have faith my boy, have faith. The parties involved with reach a settlement soon!

You must be very upset knowing that your voice is ignored by both Union & BART officials!

hahahahahahaahahahahhahahahahahhaha...tee hee hee, tee hee hee...

now be a good boy...


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 14, 2009 at 10:44 am

Correction: will reach a settlement soon!

ps I enjoy reading what cry babies like you post...keep the faith...tee hee hee, tee hee hee...


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Posted by PToWN94566
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 14, 2009 at 12:03 pm

PToWN94566 is a registered user.

I'm not sure how I feel about this situation. Yesterday when I was watching the news, the man who was being interviewed said something about the workers taking a pay cut. Seeing that many people have taken pay cuts already, why aren't they subject to it? Maybe there is some other information that I have missed, but it seems ridiculous that a group of workers don't want to play their part in times such as right now.


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Posted by I agree
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 14, 2009 at 12:11 pm

As a public employee myself, I think that it's not a time to be holding out for more money. State employees are currently furloughed a couple/few days a month, the Cal State and UC system employees will start the same on Sept. 1st, and other agencies are following suit. These furloughs translate to 6-10% pay cuts PLUS many workers have accepted early retirement incentives, leaving those still employed with more work. Recognizing the situation, even those employee unions representing the state employees have agreed to the terms in order to retain employment for the remainder of the employees and prevent layoffs.

I don't see why BART employee unions are behaving this way and causing hardship for the Bay Area as a whole.


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Posted by I agree
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 14, 2009 at 12:27 pm

p.s. Just to clarify: I'm not advocating or agreeing with the thought that the striking BART employees should be fired; I just think that they're acting a bit selfishly, given the sacrifices other public employees are having to make to keep their jobs secure.


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Posted by John
a resident of Downtown
on Aug 14, 2009 at 12:45 pm

They said on the radio earlier that BART management has the contractual right to invoke the same contract as current. If they do this and the workers strike anyway then BART can terminate with cause any worker who strikes.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 16, 2009 at 12:40 pm

"They said on the radio earlier that BART management has the contractual right to invoke the same contract as current. If they do this and the workers strike anyway then BART can terminate with cause any worker who strikes."

If that is correct, then BART should fire all who strike. I know people who are already struggling with this, they don't know how they will get to work. And those who do not use BART will be affected too, since the traffic will be just horrible!

Fire the BART union employees! Many in the private and public sectors are taking pay cuts, BART employees are not that special, and with so many unemployed (10 percent in CA) I am sure there will be plenty of people to hire from.


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Posted by Me Too
a resident of Canyon Creek
on Aug 18, 2009 at 12:01 am

Heck yeah, due to this issue, I found out what they are making and I'm in. I will sit in that little booth for $70K a year +health benefits + a pension + 401(a) (like 401(k)) contributions.

Where do I sign?


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