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BART on strike!

Original post made on Jul 2, 2013

Union officials announced that BART workers intend to strike this morning, leaving hundreds of Pleasanton and other Tri-Valley commuters to find another way to get around.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Sunday, June 30, 2013, 7:10 AM

Comments

Posted by Faye, a resident of Val Vista
on Jul 2, 2013 at 10:04 am

We paid tax to build the Bart, we paid much higher fare than New York, we paid them very decent package(better than most private companies compare to their competencies). This is what we get and we don't deserve this. They have no right for strike since it is public services provided by the government. Why don't we sell it to private company and let they run in a more efficient way? Fire them all and hire people who don't join the stupid audicious Union.


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Jul 2, 2013 at 10:32 am

Please educate the public about how you feel way inside "FAYE" so that we can all UNDERSTAND your RAGE...tee hee

We live in the United States of America. Unless you've forgotten, the strikers are exercising their rights...did you forget?


Posted by Bill, a resident of Amador Estates
on Jul 2, 2013 at 12:25 pm

Isn't BART management and BART workers one in the same? They both feed from the public trough. What is good for the goose is good for the gander in this case. There is no shareholders to be accountable to except the taxpayer, and when was the last time you saw anyone in government actually care what the taxpayer thinks or gives a damn on how taxpayers' money is spent.

If the BART union is so interested in safety, the first thing to do is automate the system and do away with the human element. Automated controls are much more reliable then humans. Plus they do not require raises, medical benefits, or pensions....or go on strike.


Posted by Dave, a resident of Birdland
on Jul 2, 2013 at 1:14 pm

Regardless of the outcome for this strike, lets hope that steps are taken to make any future strikes illegal. Many major cities already have in place laws that make strikes by transit workers illegal. New York has such a law in place. A strike is illegal under the provisions of an addition to New York State Civil Service Law called the Public Employees Fair Employment Act, more commonly called the Taylor Law. It prohibits municipal workers from striking and provides alternative means for dispute resolution. The law provides for criminal penalties including imprisonment of union officials, and fines against the union and individual striking workers. Such a law here would put an end to such unrealistic demands by a union out of control.