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Pleasanton, Bay Area transportation systems prepare for BART strike

Original post made on Aug 14, 2009

Pleasanton traffic planners, police and the Bay Area Metropolitan Transportation Commission are encouraging commuters to prepare for a possible BART strike on Monday that could add thousands of vehicles to Tri-Valley streets and highways.

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Comments (11)

Posted by Derek of Pleasanton
a resident of Foothill Place
on Aug 14, 2009 at 3:54 pm

Bart strike Incoming!!! Watch out for the Bart police!!!

Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 14, 2009 at 4:08 pm

Have fun swimming across the Bay mes petites!

Watch out for Derek, he may be armed and dangerous!!!

Posted by Kara
a resident of Castlewood
on Aug 14, 2009 at 4:15 pm

Bart employees have it too good, overpaid and too many benefits. Get real and sacrifice like everyone else. A lot of unemployed folks are ready to grab your jobs at a lesser pay.

Posted by PToWN94566
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 14, 2009 at 5:23 pm

PToWN94566 is a registered user.

Kara I 100% agree with you. I've been watching the 5 o'clock news, and was shocked to see how much money these people make! They make double what most teachers make and obviously, triple or quadruple what other people make. There are so many people needing jobs right now that they'd take the offer. BART employees need a huge reality check.

Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 14, 2009 at 7:12 pm

What is so wrong about cutting a deal that is legal? So why are so many Plutonians upset that they make a good salary? Lots of residents boast of having money? Spread the wealth mes petites, spread the wealth!

If they were doing something illegal at the table, I might feel differently, but to the best of my knowledge, they are within their rights. VIVA!

Please tell me what law the unions are violating...duh...

Posted by Chula
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 14, 2009 at 9:08 pm

I hope they don't cut a deal and realize what they had was a good deal. They always want more. You are right Kara. Other people would be more than happy to step up to the plate and take their jobs with less pay. They make a salary that is out of line for the amount of work they do plus get a pension/health benefits after retirement. And you wonder why Bart is having money problems. Nothing was ever mentioned about being illegal Cholo and this has nothing to do with boasting about how much money they make.

Posted by Unemployed
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 14, 2009 at 9:17 pm

I am unemployed and have been for 15 months. I am behind in my mortgage and will face foreclosure soon. I have a family and it's been a rough year.

My 401-K was alright until I lost about 1/2 a year ago and although I waited as long as I could, I had to take chunks out to get by. I almost gave up on finding any kind of a job until today.

On Monday morning, I am going to BART headquarters and filing an application.

They want to argue over their job and the gravy they get? I'd do the job for 1/2 the price at this point.

Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 14, 2009 at 9:36 pm

Just because a few workers have taken cuts doesn't mean that everybody has to take a cut!

Since the unions are on the up 'n up, all is well.

For those of you who are jealous bugs, get over it...get lost scabs, your services will not be needed...tee hee hee, tee hee hee...

And, for those of you who don't exercise very much, I hope you enjoy your daily swim!!!

Posted by Tara
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 15, 2009 at 10:55 am

Unemployed, hope you get the opportunity for the Bart job. Sorry about the hardships you've endured. Bart employees have it too good. They make all this overtime pay and you wonder why Bart fees are going up for us riders. People are finally realizing that changes need to be made. Why should Bart riders pay more to help the outrageous salaries of the employees? Carpool, take a bus and show them that they need to sacrifice just like everyone else. A Bart janitor makes $96K, it's unreal.

Posted by Sheerluck_Holmes
a resident of Jensen Tract
on Aug 15, 2009 at 12:03 pm

I'm pro-labor, pro-union. But I don't think unions are infallible. If news reports are accurate the Amalgamated Transportation Union is striking over the length of the contract. They want to renegotiate after 2 years instead of the offered 4 years. This doesn't seem like a terrible hardship, particularly in light of current economic conditions. The union is risking public support for very little gain. Seems like a bad strategy.

On the other had the continual reference to BART workers being overpaid is crazy. If their wages are not equal to pay, then whose are? Is Larry Ellison's compensation package fair? Are Wall Street bonuses equitable?

If computer programming services can be had at Beijing/Bangalore levels then everyone in Silicon Valley is overpaid.

Extrapolate this line of thinking and we'll all be in the poor house.

Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 15, 2009 at 1:54 pm

Po po tara...po po missy tara...jealous of working people who pay taxes?

please eh-splain how much you family brings in

now you know what the homeless and immigrants are faced with daily...welcome to the world missy t...tee hee hee, tee hee hee...

madonna makes more than the BART workers combined and so do most movie come? I don't hear anybody complaining about how much Dick Cheney made off dead americans in Iraq...remember him?

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