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BART talks making progress, but no settlement yet

Original post made on Jul 8, 2009

BART spokesman Linton Johnson said yesterday that negotiators for management and the transit agency's 2,824 union workers are making progress but a settlement hasn't been reached yet.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, July 7, 2009, 9:01 PM

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Posted by Dave
a resident of Birdland
on Jul 8, 2009 at 8:50 am

Let's review the demands BART unions are pushing for. Here's a union that wages are already the highest of any rail system in the nation.In addition, BART employees enjoy benefits almost unheard of in the private sector. A BART employee that retires at 63 with 40 years of service collects 97% of their top salary! And the employee doesn't contribute a penny to their pension! Then one of the most lucrative health care plans anybody has. Employee pay $82 a month regardless of number of family members, while BART covers the rest of the premium which can be as high as $1,868 a month. And here the union is demanding a 3% hike while BART is facing a $100 million shortfall over the next four years. Talk about no concept of reality!

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Posted by ???
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 8, 2009 at 9:18 am

Just fire the union and hire non-union employees. The budget would then balance and productivity would increase. In this economy, you'll have 10x more applicants than available jobs.

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