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Looking Closely at the BART Unions

Original post made by Daveg, Birdland, on Aug 23, 2013

Looking Closely at the BART Unions

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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Aug 24, 2013 at 8:38 am

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Here is the employment agreement with SEIU Local 1021: Web Link

And ATU Local 1555: Web Link

The report to the Governor by his Board of Investigation: Web Link

Management's last offer (acknowledging BART management is the only voice here): Web Link

The proposal consists of the following offer:

Pay increase: Ten percent over a four-year contract (2.5%, 2.5%, 2.5% and 2.5%). This wage increase includes a swap for the pension contribution as outlined below, which means employees will be fully reimbursed for their pension contribution (or employees will not be impacted with out of pocket costs).

Pension: Employees would begin to contribute 1% of base wages to their pension the first year, and 2%, 3% and 4% in subsequent years.

Healthcare: BART will cap its health insurance payment at the lower cost of either the Kaiser or Blue Shield plus family plan. Any employee wishing to pick a more expensive plan must pay the difference. This offer will not increase health care costs for the overwhelming majority of BART employees, yet it still saves money for the District.

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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Aug 24, 2013 at 8:39 am

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There also is the further complication of AC Transit union members rejecting their negotiated settlement: "The contract included a 9.5 percent raise and improved safety conditions, but also called for increased employee contributions to medical benefits." Web Link

Here is why that is worrisome: Web Link "We can win this. AC Transit and BART workers can turn the tide for all working people. But only if we fight together. No to concessionary contracts -- at AC Transit and at BART. Just think of the power that BART and AC Transit workers wield, backed by the community!"

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Posted by Daveg
a resident of Birdland
on Aug 25, 2013 at 9:14 am

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Interesting article regarding the BART strike and pros, cons of a strike ban. Obvious that the unions have politicians in their pocket. To quote from the article; "BART unions make absurd demands and then sit back while the transit board continues to up it's offers. The longer negotiations continue, the more district directors give away. They face enormous political pressure. A strike could damage the Bay Area economy. Unions threaten to unseat directors in the next election. And state lawmakers, who also depend on labor for campaign contributions, stick their un-wanted noses into the negotiations.
Yet the BART board keeps upping its offer. It started with a 4 percent wage increase over 4 years, doubled it to 8 percent, increased it to 9 percent, and then, just before the cooling off period began, hiked it to 10 percent. The notion that workers should make meaningful payments toward their pensions has eroded. BART directors first asked employees to contribute 2 percent of salary in the first year ratcheting up to 5 percent in the proposed contract's fourth year. That latest board offer seeks only 1 percent, increasing to 4 percent. The district would still bear most of the pension burden. As for health care, the board dropped its request for reasonable cost-sharing.
In short, the board keeps sweetening its offer and the unions have barely budged".
Let's hope that the general population lets the unions know that their unreasonable demands will not be met.
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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Aug 25, 2013 at 12:04 pm

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Couldn't hurt to write comments to the BART Board. This is a link to their web page that allows input: Web Link

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Posted by sknywench
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Aug 28, 2013 at 8:33 pm

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Thanks Kathleen, I will use your research and send a letter to the BART Board. The BART Union IS a special interest lobbyist machine. The pensions, salaries, and benefits are absurd especially for the type of job skills required, and the abusives of work regulations are an insult to the taxpayers and ticket holders (such as calling in sick and working the next regularly scheduled shift period in order to collect an overtime rate. I dont hate the players, but I hate the game which is negotiated and protected by the Union.

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