Why are BART's unions different than others?
Original post made by Joe on Aug 31, 2013
Both the county and union agreed that agreement was reached because "both parties ultimately believed in one fundamental principle: Quality public services must come first."
In contrast, BART unions are asking for double the raise, 20%, over three years. That's 6.6% a year vs. the 2.5% the SEIU agreed to. Also, the BART unions are demanding no increase for their cost of any benefits.
Why are the BART unions different? Or, more precisely, why do the BART unions think they're different?
on Aug 31, 2013 at 8:58 pm
Because the BART union's fundamental principle: Excessive pay and benefits must come first.
on Aug 31, 2013 at 9:37 pm
Well, Joe, I guess a stupid question begets a stupid reply. There you have it.
on Aug 31, 2013 at 10:20 pm
It is about entitlement. They believe they should be paid based on the value of their product, rather than the contribution of the individual worker. You increase the exclusiveness of the worker by disallowing replacement workers per their contract.
Ultimately Bart is a needed service, but there are many competent persons that would do that job for half the pay. Our task is to ensure cost are contained