Steve Glazer is running for the local State Assembly seat. One central plank in his platform is his effort to ban BART strikes, in the same way that police and firefighters are banned from striking. Out of all the politicians that were involved either by comment, or by inaction, during the 2013 series of BART strikes, Steve Glazer was the only one that went on record against the strike. This is a tough thing to do in union-heavy California, where the numerous public and private unions and politicians are thick as thieves.
Not surprisingly, the unions are pooling their resources and have thus far contributed $200,000 to Steve Glazer's opponent, Tim Sbranti of Dublin. Say what you want about Steve Glazer, but Tim Sbranti is a bad choice. Tim has a three-fer going for him. One, more so than most politicians, he's in the unions' pocket. Two, he was the chairman of the California Teachers' Association Political Action Committee. Three, he favors big development - take a look at all the housing on the north side of Dublin next time you're on 580. So much for open space and controlled growth.
Where do you think the unions get their cash to spend? It comes from mandatory union dues, which are paid by union members, who in turn are paid by you and I. So when you spend your $11.90 for a round-trip on BART to San Francisco, part of that money is being spent for political campaigns and union agendas that are too often contrary to what you or I would choose for ourselves, if we had a choice.