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NO BART STRIKE!

Train operators' union, BART management sign temporary agreement to keep trains running

Bart and union leaders reached a tentative agreement last yesterday that averted a threatened strike set to occur at 12:01 a.m. this morning.

The decision, announced just five hours before the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 planned to shut the system down for lack of a contract will keep trains running at least through the this week as ATU Local 155s' president Jesse Hunt takes the new agreement to menbers for a vote. He said that would happen this week.

The two sides met from 11:20 a.m. Sunday until almost 7 p.m. to reach a settlement.

Although Hunt said he couldn't discuss the details of the settlement until taking it to the ATU membership first, it is a four-year agreement in line with what the other two BART unions have accepted.

Going into the meeting this morning, BART board of directors President Thomas Blalock said he thought there was "a reasonably good chance that we will settle. We are cautiously optimistic."

At a press conference after the session ended, he thanked the efforts of San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, Oakland Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-9th) and others for working with both sides to achieve a successful outcome.

He also said that the ATU agreement along with the others would enable BART to achieve management's goal of $100 million in labor cost savings in the next four years to help deal with the system's projected $310 million budget shortfall in that time span.

Bart board vice president James Fang of San Francisco told reporters he thinks averting the strike is "the greatest thing for the Bay Area."

Newsom said, "I couldn't be more proud" that there is a tentative agreement and thanked both the BART board and labor.

The Bart board will keep in place a more onerous contract it had earlier imposed until ATU members have ratified the new agreement.

BART spokesman Linton Johnson said management declared an impasse in its talks with ATU Local 1555 Wednesday night because the union wasn't reaching management's cost-cutting target.

He said management's goal is to achieve $100 million in labor-cost savings in the next four years to help deal with its projected $310 million budget shortfall in that time span.

Two other BART unions voted earlier in the week to approve management's contract offer but their leaders say they will respect picket lines if ATU Local 1555 goes on strike.

The other unions are Service Employees International Union Local 1021, which represents about 1,500 mechanics, custodians, safety inspectors and clerical employees, and American Federation of Local, State and Municipal Employees Union Local 3993, which represents about 200 middle managers.

ATU Local 1555's members voted by a 2-to-1 margin Monday to reject management's contract offer.

LauraDudnick/JeffShuttleworth of Bay City News contributed to this story

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Posted by Lucky Guy
a resident of Bordeaux Estates
on Aug 12, 2009 at 1:23 pm

BART points fingers. Ever notice when you point a finger, three are pointed back at you. Management is highly political, not effective. They hired this spokesperson who has a contract that includes BART paying for his makeup. The BART MANAGer needs to go. Instead of reviewing unnecessary Managerial jobs for redundancy, need, etc., she does nothing to make significant dollar cuts. There is much waste I believe in BART but shame on us because we elect these buffooons to elected posdition to vote policy and hire General Managers that are friends, political cronies, not effective leaders.
Easy way out is to blame the Unions who are communication boobs in their own right. They cannot communicate but blow a mean whistle and beat drums that people ignore. What a mess....and we tolerate it--we are to blame in its most basic breakdown.


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Posted by P-Towner
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 12, 2009 at 1:27 pm

Fire 'em. There are plenty of excellent unemployed workers that will gladly except highly compensated work and a four year contract. Fire 'em today.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 12, 2009 at 7:16 pm

Why would anybody fire employees who are exercising their right to negotiate a deal?

They have a legal right to turn down a compromise that is not acceptable. Have you been hearing voices that say it's not cool to say no to a proposal? What gives?


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Posted by SteveP
a resident of Parkside
on Aug 12, 2009 at 7:59 pm

SteveP is a registered user.

BART union workers are not negotiating, they are forcing ultimatums. If they provide such an essential service (like air traffic controllers) if they strike they should be treated the same way Reagan treated striking air traffic controllers: fire them!


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Posted by mr b
a resident of Pleasanton Village
on Aug 13, 2009 at 11:17 am

Non government workers are taking cuts in pay and benefits all over the country and many more are losing there jobs. BART employees are being paid very well and have a huge benefits package that is coming out of our wages. Most of them could not find another job that paid as much and there are thousands of good people who would be available to take the BART workers job at a lower rate.

Public employees are being given out sized benefit and retirement packages that need to change. Let them strike and force the issue.


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Posted by Nelson Mandela
a resident of Danbury Park
on Aug 13, 2009 at 11:22 am

Is it possible to get a job with BART or as a toll taker on a bridge if you are not a minority?


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 13, 2009 at 11:26 am

VIVA BART EMPLOYEES! The unions are within the law. They are not harming you personally and your complaints are unfounded. I think that you're a jealous bug! The unions are cutting a better deal for their membership than you got and you feel envious...angry...duh...

Who cares if other people have taken pay cuts. Let the legal process wind it's way to a conclusion that makes everybody HAPPY! It's really none of your business if others are successful and you're not. Get a life...jerk! I'm very happy for BART union employees and wish them the BEST OF LUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ping...

signed,

mr abc = sp


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Posted by SteveP
a resident of Parkside
on Aug 13, 2009 at 3:26 pm

SteveP is a registered user.

Cholo, you ignorant dirtbag: The Bart strike will harm people, the local environment and the economy. Think what it will be like once you get your driver's license back...sitting in endless traffic due to your barrio buddies picketing the train stations.
I'm sure your homies will be suffering without their exhorbitant income, so maybe their union bosses will keep them supplied with reefer for the duration of the strike. Strike a deal...yeah, that's what they want.
Too bad Bart does not go to Livermore, so you too can shuffle down to a local strike location.
out......


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Posted by Joe B.
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 13, 2009 at 7:55 pm

Bart is on strike as of Sunday night - very difficult for so many of us that rely on the train to get to work....and cholo + nelson mandela (not his real name obviously) are idiots and troll around this site constantly - very tired of your vitriolic lunacy...please both of you get a life


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Posted by Agree
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 13, 2009 at 8:13 pm

I'm with SteveP and the others that said fire them.

They aren't exercising their legal right to negotiate - this is blackmail and this is becoming a hostage situation. They have the people of the Bay Area at their mercy - or so at least they did. Game over.

Fire EVERY last one and get rid of the Union. Hire new employees that will be thrilled to have a great job.

Employed by the public? Then get used to the public opinion. Don't like it? Then quit.

Problem solved.

I am looking forward to this Sunday paper headline: Job Fair Monday at Bart Headquarters - Hiring ALL positions.


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Posted by Nelson Mandela
a resident of Danbury Park
on Aug 13, 2009 at 8:15 pm

Well if they go on strike I can get a job even though I am not a minority and Joe B. I could drive you to work!!!


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Posted by Joe B.
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 13, 2009 at 8:41 pm

you will never get a job Nelson - you're too much of a racist pig and you will drive me nowhere but crazy...

SteveP you are so right!


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Posted by Nelson Mandela
a resident of Danbury Park
on Aug 13, 2009 at 8:44 pm

Joe B.,

betcha you would want a ride if I drove the only train!!!


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 14, 2009 at 8:53 am

Did somebody say Cholo? HOORAY! tee hee hee, tee hee hee...

Just because SP + JB = love, doesn't mean you're bad persons. Your love for one another is OK by me!

I totally support the Union for representing their members. Go for it! Yes you can! It's LEGAL in America...VIVA AMERICA! VIVA!

Workers on the march
Workers on the march
Hi ho the dario
Workers on the march

TIP: SWIM ACROSS THE BAY...first one across gets a sheet of toilet of paper...hahahahahahahahahahaahhahahahaahahahaha...

SteveP + Joe B = LOVEY DOVEY...tee hee hee, tee hee hee...

When I say ding ding ding, you girls come out scratching!!!


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Posted by SB
a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on Aug 14, 2009 at 9:42 am

WOW, I just started reading the Pleasanton Weekly on line for useful information and things that are happening around our great town of Pleasanton. I believe in free speech and all but WOW! I'll stick to the articles and stay away from the "opinions of the people".

Have a great day.


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Posted by Me Too
a resident of Canyon Creek
on Aug 14, 2009 at 10:41 am

SB - Smart Move! I just make comments on here to avoid the real world like cleaning the house and fixing all the broken crap around my house. But if you are looking for a reasonable debate, this (as well as most message boards) is not the place.


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Posted by Me Too
a resident of Canyon Creek
on Aug 14, 2009 at 10:46 am

Does it scare anyone that BART pays the people who sit int he little booths more than our school teachers?


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Posted by D W
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 14, 2009 at 10:52 am

Shall all Weekly readers ask the editors to boycott Cholo & Mandela's comments, as in exercise the right to run their paper the way they please and omit any hateful remarks that are not reflective of the Pleasanton community? Just wondering.

As for BART, I'm sorry, but the unions who DID ratify the contract need to put aside all scab reasons and question why they should trust the ATU. Let's all go to www.bart.gov and figure out the gray area of truth. What should weigh more? Are the work rules currently in place at BART really costing them money and hurt the System's ability to serve its riders? And how much more security do the operators need? Are there bad seeded riders that endanger the operators more? We must find out what weighs more.

I find Jesse Hunt to be very arrogant and perhaps obnoxious during his press conferences; and his union is clearly holding our recession-battered riders hostage. The other two unions have shown understanding about the Bay Area's economic woes and have sacrificed plenty for the sake of BART and its riders. The ATU needs to get a grip on how our lives are already affected by the economy.

I encourage every rider and other citizens to study BART's deal, learn what has been most expensive, and if necessary, send e-mails and post blogs to the ATU website, stating how you feel about their stance. It doesn't matter how much the ATU digs further in. We - us readers and our family & friends most effected by the cost-consuming commute catastrophe - must inundate the ATU with demands that they stop acting like ignorant mules and face the societal recessionary facts. We must pressure the ATU to sacrifice where it's necessary. We must overwhelm them to the point where they would finally understand that they must earn our trust, especially if both their track record in BART labor negotiations is so poor and their work rules are most wasteful.

Most unions are solidly run. But not all of them are. If the ATU has been most responsible for BART's bad labor moments and excessive expenses, then we must call them on the carpet. This nonsense must stop immediately!


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Posted by Me Too
a resident of Canyon Creek
on Aug 14, 2009 at 11:24 am

"Shall all Weekly readers ask the editors to boycott Cholo & Mandela's comments, as in exercise the right to run their paper the way they please and omit any hateful remarks that are not reflective of the Pleasanton community? Just wondering."

Absolutely yes! If you are offended by what a newspaper, website or whatever publishes you should ask them to stop and then stop buying/reading/visiting, etc if they don't change. You don't have to go to the movies if you think they are all crap. If no one went to the movies, there would no longer be movies...is this a violation of free speech? Of course we have a right to free speech. But the Weekly is not publicly funded newspaper (but maybe it is, then these comments are moot) and should be able to "refuse service" just alike a restaurant. Do Cholo et. al. have the right to come into your house and make comments based on their "right to free speech"? Yes, there are all kinds of other issues, like if they refuse to print stuff because of ethnicity, religion, etc and such which currently has protection under the law. Just like the newspaper does not print every letter to the editor, is that censorship? Possibly, but it is their right to choose which letters, articles and advertisements to put into the paper?

Now, since newspapers have long then the bastion of free speech it would seem to go against everything that newspapers stand for and I don't think the newspaper would or should stop comments from anyone. But if the people want to boycott the paper that is also their right.


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Posted by chris
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Aug 14, 2009 at 11:59 am

strike = furlough = cost savings
todays quiz - how many days does the strike need to go on to put an effective dent in the bart deficit?


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Posted by rosemarie
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Aug 14, 2009 at 5:54 pm

When a Bart Train Operator makes $105000 a year plus benefits,and wants to STRIKE AND WE OUR ALL PAYING FOR IT. LETS FIRE THE WHOLE STRIKING BUNCH OF THEM. Their our a lot of unemployed who would like that job.


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Posted by Julia Pardini
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 14, 2009 at 8:11 pm

Wel, Well, Well...Cholo and his brain follows have surfaced. Hey Cholo, in your first comment you said, "I think" I couldn't stop laughing. You and you new followers are totally brain dead. By the way, I'm surprised Lolo and Popo haven't said anything.

Well enough of this...Yes the BART folks that prefer to stay off the job and cause major problem to the general public should be all fired, same as the Air Traffic controllers.

Also folks you're all forgetting about the man in Sacto...he better damn well do something about this situation. Activate the 90 day cool period.

Rosemarie, I don't think the operators are getting $105K + bennie's. But whatever they get, they are over-paid operators that don't even operate the trains...they sit and watch where the train is going and if necessary they push the red button to stop the train and that never happen, so I guess you can say they just sit back and enjoy rh trip...4 times a day.


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Posted by Tennesse Jed
a resident of Jensen Tract
on Aug 16, 2009 at 9:27 am

haven't been on a bart train in 15yrs!...i think at that time the $6.00 ride to sf was supplemented with $15.00 of tax money for that individual fare. remove the subsidies, and see what the real cost would be. don't think the atu wants anyone to know.


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