New poll shows 2-to-1 support for BART management, not BART unions
Original post made by Joe on Aug 1, 2013
Looks like the facts and figures are speaking for themselves, and that the BART unions have lost public support.
on Aug 2, 2013 at 7:33 am
Of course, which side has done a better job does not address the question of fairness that is at the base of the conflict....
The public's view is shaped largely (though not entirely), by how the issue is framed within the media. Ever since the 1960s when the media were roundly criticized for adding fuel to urban riots and unrest, media moguls, editors, and journalists have gone overboard in discouraging any and all attempts that might be seen as disruptive of the status quo. (Hence: lot's of coverage of the upcoming baseball series, no mention of a march that will take place this week-end.)
The media are beholden to the corporations and companies that buy ads that are necessary to keep the media afloat. Knowing which side of the bread has the butter, the media shapes issues with a bias toward presenting the reasonableness of the forces of status quo (profit) and the unreasonableness of those who challenge the status quo -- see, e.g., reduction of 99%ers to unkempt poopers.
What's unfortunate is that the public is vulnerable to the media's pandering as it does to the forces of status quo.
on Aug 2, 2013 at 7:40 am
Here is the link for the KPIX story
Additionally, people are attuned to the unrealistic demands of an out of control union.
The facts speak louder than any childish ranting's of the likes of Mike Cherry.
Current union workers make about $76,500 in gross pay on average, contribute nothing toward their pensions and $92 a month for health benefits. While the cost of health care has soared, BART says workers' monthly contributions have only risen slightly each year, from $75 in 2006, leaving management to pick up a bigger share of the tab.
on Aug 2, 2013 at 8:13 am
I apologize for my 'childish ranting'. Really. I do.
Thanks, Dave, for your fresh and keenly new insights which, truly, we haven't heard before. Really. No, I'm not kidding. Keep up the good work!