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Will BART workers wake up to reality?

Original post made by Tim Hunt, Castlewood, on Aug 1, 2013

Thanks to excellent reporting by the Bay Area News Group in its Sunday editions you can see just how richly compensated BART employees are as they continue locked in a labor dispute and could issue a 72-hour alert of a strike today.

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Posted by Daveg
a resident of Birdland
on Aug 1, 2013 at 2:16 pm

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Tim, I think you have done a good job in identifying why the BART union is being unreasonable in their demands. Regarding following the approach that Regan used, I think that management gave that possibility away sometime ago. For starters, BART has only 10 qualified operators who are not in the Amalgamated Transit Union.
If management wanted to add more, it would have to put them through special training mandated under the union contract signed after the 1979 labor dispute.
It’s not that becoming a BART driver requires a lot of experience. The trains are automated, so operators drive them only during emergencies, and then only to speeds up to 25 mph.
To qualify for training, a candidate needs a high school diploma or GED, a valid California driver’s license and three years of experience “interacting with the general public in a variety of ways,” according to the posted job description.
Operators also must pass a 15-week training course in safety practices. Under the agency’s contract, however, anyone is barred from even taking the course as long as union BART operators are on the job.
In other words, the only time BART can begin training replacement operators is when drivers go out on strike.
So if there is a strike, it will take months to get replacement operators in the trains —unless BART files paperwork with the California Public Utilities Commission to change the training requirements. And who knows how long that would take?"

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Posted by Daveg
a resident of Birdland
on Aug 12, 2013 at 4:11 pm

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Tim, perhaps it's time to update us on the current "demands" from the BART union. There are still a few that appear to not be fully aware of the current benefits enjoyed by the union brethren and unsure of what the demands are currently from the unions. Hopefully, BART management will continue in their efforts to rein in costs that cannot be sustained without real damage to both the BART infrastructure and the general public that needs to use BART.

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