For weeks BART management has waged a PR campaign in the corporate media which, in turn, has uncritically reproduced BART management's deceptive numbers without so much as a mention of how those numbers are contradicted by the more reliable numbers offered by BART's workers.
With this 60 day cooling off period, BART management, possessing far more resources than the unions, and with values interwoven with the corporate media, will continue to make their case to the public, thereby undermining BART workers' own modest demands for a well-deserved wage increase.
Although it may be fashionable for wealthy old fat guys in tight little-boy shirts to lie about BART workers -- and to do so in a cowardly way that closes off readers' challenges -- the facts continue to speak for themselves. The offer management has extended to BART workers is a joke. It amounts to a pay cut at a time when corporate profits are skyrocketing through the roof but with nary a dime left for workers to struggle over. If workers were to treat the joke seriously, it would leave them earning less money in 2017 than they were earning nine years previously.
The 60 day cooling off period will not only further aid BART management's PR campaign, but it will also enable further corporate influence to be leveraged upon Gov. Brown. For corporations will indeed be inconvenienced by a strike. They will now have 60 additional days to spend millions upon millions in lobbying efforts in order to bring the Governor into line with a status quo that allows corporations to function without impediment.
Here is where the fascist content of corporate America rears its ugly head in a visible manner. We get a better view of how the stated differences between the state and the corporations it serves are overblown -- simply ruses to further the ambitions of corporate America against the American people. In short, when a conflict arises between workers and the extant power structure, Republicans and Democrats alike genuflect before the wishes of corporate power in America.
Brown won't do anything to upset the status quo in America because so doing would disrupt the everyday workings of corporate America. Fat, deceitful, old wealthy white guys can lie about BART workers not having a college degree all they want to; but this isn't what the strike threat is about. It is about corporations getting their own way: paying low taxes for a public transportation system that carries its workers to and from work. The system needs improvement? Blame the workers! The system is obsolete? Blame the workers! The region needs more revenues to provide basis services to the public? Blame the workers!
You'll not see this view in the media, because the media's corporate interests are at one with those of all major corporations. You'll see Brown do everything in his power to ensure that a strike does not occur. This MAY mean paying workers what they are worth. A lot hinges on just how courageous the workers will be in the face of the extraordinary, monolithic opposition that is aligned against them. Let's hope that BART workers will remain defiantly courageous as the sage continues. Their victory is a victory for all American workers.
Viva BART Workers! Viva all American workers!!!