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Transit unions have donated $3M to CA State Assembly Democrats

Original post made by Joe on Oct 16, 2013

The Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU, of which the BART train operators are members) and the Service Employees Service Union (SEIU, of which the station agents are members) have together donated $3 million to Democratic CA state senators and assembly members over the past three years. This is from an analysis of public records published by Maplight.

There is a push in the CA Legislature towards legislation which prohibits strikes by public transit workers, in the same way that strikes by police and fire crews are prohibited. The donations being made are for their continued support in rejecting that legislation.

Comments (21)

Posted by Kenny Jay, a resident of Birdland
on Oct 16, 2013 at 9:46 pm

Holy Smokes! That must be at least 10% of what the natural gas frackers are donating to Dems and Repubs! We can stop the union mobsters from striking. How do we stop the natural gas frackers? Oh, let me see. It's okay for the frackers, because they're not corrupted like those switchmen making 60K a year! Thanks, Joe. Always really really informative.

Posted by ????, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 16, 2013 at 10:58 pm

and your point is???? Frackers working for john doe company do NOT INCONVIENCE us like BART 'PUBLIC' service employees.

Posted by Kenny Jay, a resident of Birdland
on Oct 17, 2013 at 5:35 am

No, not unless you consider polluted ground water and an increase in earthquakes inconveniences. But, heck, why should man-contaminated water sources be a concern to us compared to my need to take BART into work in the mornings?

Posted by shadowbozo, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 17, 2013 at 8:29 am

shadowbozo is a registered user.


Where in Pleasanton or the whole Tri-Valley is anyone looking to drill via fracking? What does this have to do with a BART strike? What is the relationship between people who frack to public unions?

If you are going to post, please try to stay on topic. Thanks.

Posted by Ngo Loon, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 17, 2013 at 8:32 am

Kenny Jay,
You need to educate yourself about fracking, rather than just spouting random cr*p from the left-wing-loon and environmental-loon manifestos. Fracking has not been shown to pollute ground water nor induce earthquakes. The loons like to spout that BS, much like they like to spout BS about virtually any energy source. So, please educate yourself or stifle yourself.

Posted by Ngo Loon, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 17, 2013 at 8:39 am

Hopefully BART workers will go on strike for a sufficiently long time that the BART board will fire them all. Maybe by then the voters in the Bay Area will finally wise up and vote Democrats out of office. The Democrats are addicted to union money, and they will do anything to keep the union money flowing in. That is why we are one of a very small number of states that allow government workers to strike. That is also why union dolts have become fat cats and workers in the private sector are falling out of the middle class. Wise up people, the union dolts are milking you dry -- so vote Democrats out of office.

Posted by right, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 17, 2013 at 9:04 am

Beware of trolls using the lefts strategy of slight of hand by diverting the topic to issues totally unrelated to the dem whores in our state that have sold out to union thugs.
Kenny, come down off your perch in birdland and get the frack outta here.

Posted by Jackie Noff, a resident of Carlton Oaks
on Oct 17, 2013 at 9:41 am

how you morons fail to see the correlation between unions donating to dems and big business (who try and break unions) donating to repubs astonishes me.

yeah. totally off topic...

Posted by Daveg, a resident of Birdland
on Oct 17, 2013 at 9:52 am

Daveg is a registered user.

one big difference that I see is that the unions throwing money at Democrats are unions that represent public employees, something that you and I end up paying for.

Posted by William Tell, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 17, 2013 at 10:10 am

No wonder schill Ellen Corbett tried to insert herself into the situation as a "mediator." Now that Eric Swallwell has her Congressional Seat sewn up, she's termed out, and irrelevant with nowhere to go except to Water Resources Board or one of the other $200K+ do-nothing jobs the Dems have created as part of political patronage.

Don't know how some posters think fracking is remotely relevant to this post - the can go frack themselves!

Posted by Kenny Jay, a resident of Birdland
on Oct 17, 2013 at 10:29 am

Yes, Daveg, good thinking. I mean really brilliant. Because it's bad enough that we have to pay public workers with our own money. Then, public workers take what we give them and donate to political causes??? That shouldn't be!!! There should be a Republican Spending Council that controls what public employees can do with their salaries. Since we pay them, we should be able to dictate what they can spend their money on. No purchases of organic food, because that's a waste of tax payer money, especially since scientific studies that show fracking is harmless also show that organic foods are no healthier than nonorganic. No purchases of foreign cars and no vacations to foreign lands. No purchases of Michael Moore films and videos. And, finally, since its OUR money public workers are spending, they should be mandated to contribute 10% of their salaries to a Christian cause or charity approved by the Spending Council. Thanks again, Dave. Like I say, you've really thought this one through.

Posted by Joe, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 17, 2013 at 2:12 pm

Back to the BART / Unions issue for a moment.

Interesting commentary from some of the political writers in regards to the BART strike, the general disapproval of the BART unions salary+benefits schedule and negotiating tactics by the public, and the traditional pay-for-play relationship between the unions and Democratic politicians.

Politicians are now tapping in to public sentiment concerning unions. A prime example is Steve Glazer running for Assembly in the 16th district which includes Pleasanton. Glazer is actively campaigning in favor of the legislation which would prevent strikes by public transit workers, just as strikes by police and firefighters are prohibited.

Glazer is a Democrat and most recently served as campaign manager for Jerry Brown.

Chuck Reed, San Jose mayor and also a Democrat, is waging a battle for pension reform. The level of city debt due to pensions is unsustainable. He's enlisted the help of other CA mayors and will likely be able to get a pension reform measure on the ballot in 2014. He's been successful thus far in San Jose with a strong majority of the voters supporting his efforts, and hopes to being that success to the state level.

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Oct 17, 2013 at 6:44 pm

I'll be conducting bus-line and ferry boat interviews several hours a day re: STRIKE and it's impact on communters!

I can hardly wait!

Justice Rules!

Posted by JT, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 17, 2013 at 7:37 pm

Joe, People are getting fed up with the public employees controlling the state.

The pension issue where employees can be given retroactive increases in a pension but cannot have a lowered pension on future work performed does not seem like the taxpayer has equal footing as the public employees. When you have several Democrats putting together an initiate to fix the pension issues you know there has to be serious problems that if left unfixed will erode the state.

The ability for transit workers to go on strike and disrupt the transportation in the area also frustrates people. Especially when most people polled, and most/all newspaper editorial boards, feel that the transit workers have been given an offer that is more than fair. For BART, we elect a board who represents us and they should make the final determination on what is best for the transit agency. If we do not like their performance, we can elect somebody else. If the BART board felt the current salary and benefits were too low and we would loose good workers they would increase the pay. However, the line to get a job at BART is pretty incredible, showing that the salary and benefits are exceptional.

This is all hitting at once.

The public is looking for fairness and they do not see that now.

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Oct 17, 2013 at 8:19 pm

You don't have proof that "public employees" control the government.

Millions of people are "frustrated" all over planet earth...nothing new.

BART and Unions have been in negotiations hopefully it has been honest communication.

Negotiations have been secret, the public doesn't have complete/accurate details. May you manage your own distortions cause I'm not about to hold you hand.

Why do you suppose all the details of sequestered negotiations are "secret".

In time, the details may trickle out.

In the meantime, get ready to take alternative modes of transportation.

It may be a bumpy ride!

Posted by Daveg, a resident of Birdland
on Oct 18, 2013 at 5:45 pm

Daveg is a registered user.

Here are some interesting facts regarding who/what is supporting our local elected representatives
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Posted by Kenny Jay, a resident of Birdland
on Oct 18, 2013 at 5:54 pm

Da-Veg make a good pointy. He thinky that workers shouldn't be able to give campaign donations to politicos, but others its okay because they use a different color of money.

I've said it before and I'll say it again. Public workers should not be able to do what they want to with the money they 'earn'. That's really my money, and there SHOULD be strings attached. Workers cannot purchase what me and Da-Veg don't like.

Posted by Daveg, a resident of Birdland
on Oct 18, 2013 at 7:44 pm

Daveg is a registered user.

What Kenny-Jay conveniently over looks is that the individual union member is not the one making the pay-offs to the politicians, but rather the union management with no input from the individual union member on their personnel choice. Hard to cover the fact that these two politician's are beholden to the unions. After all, does KJ think the union upper echelon would be financing the Democrats if they weren't getting exactly what they want from them? Can't argue the facts that these two politicians are strongly supported by public unions that only have one agenda; and that is to milk the general population for as much as they can.

Posted by Kenny Jay, a resident of Birdland
on Oct 18, 2013 at 8:01 pm

Da-Veg is as confused about American politics as he is the grammatical rules of the English language. One would have to be a lumberjack to saw away all the dead wood cluttering up Da-veg's mind. Tell you what, Da-veg: Go away and read a book. Practice your grammar. In six months or so, after you've managed to get through the book, try communicating once again. I can do no more for you than offer this as recommendation.

Posted by Daveg, a resident of Birdland
on Oct 18, 2013 at 8:03 pm

Daveg is a registered user.

Good answer Kenny Jay............about what I expected.

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Oct 21, 2013 at 1:40 pm

My advice is to NOT RESPOND to any posts by Da-Veg!

Like Kathleen, they try to lure you a predatory style.

Here's their theme song from Peter Pan:

never smile at a crocodile
no you can't get friendly with a crocodile
never be taken in
by it's welcoming grin
it's imagining how well you fit within its skin...


ps tell the trut...tee hee hee...

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