Union Officials say “BART Strike is On” – Millions of Bay Area Commuters Affected

July 1, 2013 0:05 am · 51 comments

Union officials announced that BART workers intend to strike this morning, leaving hundreds of thousands of Bay Area commuters to find another way to get around.

The midnight announcement from BART union Service Employees International Union 1021 came hours after the latest round of talks between SEIU 1021, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 155 and BART management stalled.

Union officials said BART trains will not run until further notice due to the failed negotiations.

V.. the original July 1, 2013 at 12:24 AM

Lucky for me…. my commute is from here to Roseville….. maybe not

Better yet! July 1, 2013 at 12:31 AM

I think BART Should hold a job fair tomorrow!

Ray July 1, 2013 at 12:32 AM

Grow some huevos Governor, file for a cooling off period!

Stranded July 1, 2013 at 1:02 AM

These A holes need to be great full, I now have to drive an extra 2 hours at least plus parking, plus toll so these jerks get an extra 23%. Greedy effers all around. Lock them out and replace them, period!

KenInConcord July 1, 2013 at 1:14 AM

Just to remind you all:


$71,000 annual income
$51,000 Benefits Package
10 and a half weeks vacation a year
22 sick days
$11,000 overtime pay

Do you know how many people are UN-EMPLOYED, UNDER-EMPLOYED. So many are educated, hard workers.

Fire the strikers and replace them with people that want to work!!!

julie July 1, 2013 at 1:20 AM

Oh go to hell for the rest of us..

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Attention BART Management and Employees July 1, 2013 at 2:12 AM

You make me wanna…P E U K E….!

Winston July 1, 2013 at 3:10 AM

Now is the time to show resolve. Contact the BART board and tell them not to give in to the union. There contact info is here:

D July 1, 2013 at 3:22 AM

Really BART employees. Get over yourselves and do your damn job! Don’t make your customers suffer for your personal issues. Some of us use BARt to go to jobs that pay less and offer fewer benefits, how selfish must you be to make such decisions that will effect so many people who have nothing to do with your contract.

Karen July 1, 2013 at 5:06 AM

Just turned on local news and saw Bart workers in a picket line holding signs saying “Stop the Violence”, “Safety First”… one worker wearing an orange t-shirt that says “We are the 99%”. Seriously, who are they kidding? At this point, I’m willing to put up with this strike if Bart management will grow some balls and fire some of its workers.

Pucky July 1, 2013 at 5:49 AM

It should be illegal for Bart to stop public service. Simple….

lawabidingcitizen July 1, 2013 at 5:54 AM

What are the actual numbers? I hear the avg employee makes 60-70k plus benefits. And is it true they are asking for a 23% raise?

I know a lot of people dont make that much.

Always Right July 1, 2013 at 5:59 AM

Best summary from the last thread on this topic:

“It was reported that the average BART employee makes $71,000 a year plus $52,000 in paid benefits. They also average 10 to 12 weeks of paid vacation and receive a $43,000 per year pension. They should fire the entire lot of them and start over with people who are willing to work for this kind of pay. They’re running a f-ing transit system, not performing brain surgery here.”

The highest paid train operator in 2012 earned $180,000 in wages and benefits. That is public record.

At some point this union monopoly needs to be broken up. Unfortunately, the governor and legislature are bought and paid for… By the government union monopolies.

RDS July 1, 2013 at 6:20 AM

Legalized extortion, plain and simple. Fire them all and start over.

MTZBee July 1, 2013 at 6:24 AM

Stay strong BART! Don’t let the union push u around!!!!










Sojourner July 1, 2013 at 6:35 AM

Walnut Creek Bart – Busses to SF provided by BART are on N california as you come to BART from the North Main Exit (West Side of Street)

County Connection Busses have their bus stops on PRINGLE avenue off N California, both sides of the street.

And as expected, the news vans are parked along the exit from BART on N California, creating an obstruction to anyone leaving the East Side of the station. Should a bus decide to pause in that exit, you will need to honk to get it to move.

Hope your commuting goes as well as possible.

@ Anon #15 July 1, 2013 at 6:43 AM

Mr. Mayor,

There is a lot of talk on here that BART officials should just fire the current workers and hire new workers that are living in the real world. Do you know if this is legally possible?

Killjoy July 1, 2013 at 6:50 AM

Good! At least they will get it hashed out now, instead of over Labor Day weekend when the Union would have BART by the short hairs.

ale July 1, 2013 at 6:50 AM

Greed just ruined my week.

Anonymous July 1, 2013 at 7:10 AM

Fire them all. They are overpaid as it is. Thousands of unemployed workers in the Bay Area would give anything to get those jobs at a fraction of the cost (and they would appreciate the job).

dilligafman July 1, 2013 at 7:19 AM

so glad im retired!!!

Sofa King July 1, 2013 at 7:30 AM

While I support unions in general, it sure is hard to get behind these guys who average over $83K/year in direct monetary compensation, pay a flat $92/month for health care and pay nothing towards their pension. They are extremely well compensated already and to inconvenience millions of Bay Area residents to improve that compensation package even further seems pretty friggin’ arrogant.

bumper July 1, 2013 at 7:30 AM

Fire them all.

anon2u July 1, 2013 at 7:31 AM

The irony is that most of those jackasses who work for BART make a hellava lot more than the riders they are inconveniencing. Aside from that, they are ultimately driving up our property taxes. They should be happy they have a secure reliable form of employment in this economy and shut up.

V July 1, 2013 at 7:56 AM

@ #9, sent my thoughts about this to the BART Board – not that it will matter or that they will care but had to say something!!! This is all BS.

ChampagneKitty July 1, 2013 at 8:02 AM

For all of you who are demanding that BART fire the union workers and replace them, I hope you realize that BART cannot do that. There are labor laws that protect union workers. It is within their legal rights to strike. Employers can bring in temporary replacement workers during a strike but when the strike is over, those positions must be held open for the returning union workers.

dbc July 1, 2013 at 8:04 AM

It’s hard for me to get behind these workers that have so much all ready and then make this demand for a 23.5% RAISE. A lot has been posted already about the pay and benefits, I thought I would also point out that they are exempt from paying into Social security and instead pays the same money into their own retirement. That alone is a large benefit, and costs the rest of us who have to support Social Security even more to pay for their family members that are in the system receiving benefits. I know the worker themselves don’t qualify, but there extended family members do.
I say tie their wages to the local economy and make them pay SSN like the rest of us have to!

WC July 1, 2013 at 8:09 AM

I don’t understand how an organization that is funded by OUR TAX DOLLARS, is allowed to hold us hostage? How does that work? We pay taxes for BART and we vote on ballot measure to expand BART, but still they can strike? Didn’t President Reagan in the 80’s tell the air traffic controllers that if they are publicly funded you cannot cripple the countries commuters? Shouldn’t our California Elected Officials do the same?

Always Right July 1, 2013 at 8:17 AM

YES THEY CAN (be fired). The contract has expired and the workers have no legal entitlement to their job at this point. All BART management has to do is announce they are no longer bargaining with the current union, and any BART worker that wants a job must report to work in 24 hours or they will be fired for failure to show up.

The Reagan solution.

At that point, the remaining workers can be offered whatever terms of employment management chooses to offer. It could look like the old contract, or they could take away some costs.

Of course, most will cross the picket line to save their jobs, and the rest can be replaced in a heartbeat.

The public needs to let BART management know they want the current union GONE.

Howard K Mullins III July 1, 2013 at 8:22 AM

Moonbeam shows who he really works for, the unions.

He really stuck it to the people who voted for him by not ordering a 90 cooling off period.

Instead he supports the unions who make the financial contributions to his political agenda.

And the California voters that elected him twice confirms the gullibility of the voter base.

Winston July 1, 2013 at 8:58 AM

@27. I sent an e-mail to the board and Joel Keller e-mailed me back saying that he supported the following things:

1. The employees must begin paying all or a part of the employee share of the the CALPERS pension costs.
2. The employees must begin paying a greater share of the cost of medical insurance.
3. The District must have work rule changes that will control overtime costs and reduce absenteeism.

He also gave me his phone number if I had any other concerns. I believe that the absenteeism rules are a big sticking point with the union. Right now, according to someone I know who is a supervisor with BART, most BART employees are absent several days per month and his job mostly consists of finding people to fill in for workers who don’t bother to show up. BART needs to get its unions under control. It’s the only we can have effective transit service in the Bay Area.

Winston July 1, 2013 at 9:00 AM

@32. A 90 day cooling off period doesn’t help anything. Best to get the strike done with during summer when traffic is light because school is out. This would have been much worse in October.

Anon July 1, 2013 at 9:01 AM

I took tests and passed at the following companies: Pac Bell, EBMUD, CCWD and PGE.
I failed the BART test. The BART test does not ask you logical questions – it is looking for a certain type and Color of individual, an individual that would be on the streets or in prison if it weren’t for BART.

Anonymous July 1, 2013 at 9:07 AM

Champagne Kitty: you have absolutely no idea what you are talking about.

Hmm... July 1, 2013 at 9:07 AM

Since the contract is now *expired* and in the event a new agreement cannot be reached in a reasonable period, can BART declare an impasse and impose new terms of employment?

in support July 1, 2013 at 9:08 AM

The unions do so much that goes un seen for the people in it. Thanks yo the union these employees can afford to live and provide for their families. Benifits are a must and how dare anyone be jealous because their benefits are mostly covered. Yes many people pay such a high ridiculous amount for theirs. I know one single person who has to pay 875 a month he also would benefit from unions who fight for fair and reasonable benefits. So yes this commute is rough now but remember they are also doing what they need to afford to live here. And until I talked to actual union leaders I didn’t kbow what all they do and why. So praying for these families

ChampagneKitty July 1, 2013 at 9:18 AM

I’m sorry, but Always Right is not correct. First of all, a very common reason why unions go on strike is BECAUSE their contract has expired and the union and employer can’t agree on a new contract. Whether union workers have a contract or not, the National Labor Relations Act gives them legal protections, and that includes the right to strike for a new contract. If BART could just fire all the union workers and hire new ones, then there would be no reason for the two sides to negotiate at the bargaining table.

Now there are rules that striking workers need to follow. If they do things like carry out or threaten violence or block access to the employer’s entrance and exit (if the business is still operational), then the worker can be fired. But as long as all the rules are followed, the union worker has the right to get their job back when the strike is over.

Anonymous July 1, 2013 at 9:19 AM

Check the CHP log. They actually have less accidents today then normal. This commute will take longer then normal. If the BART directors want to do the right thing they will start firing people and cutting salaries.

I would love to have any BART job and I’d do it for less to have a guaranteed pension.

@champagne Kitty July 1, 2013 at 10:09 AM

Where do you get this stuff? If a worker abandons his job they can be terminated. You are making things up.

Anonymous July 1, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Champagne Kitty – do you understand the NRLA does not apply to any type of government workers? You knew that when you posted right?

Anon July 1, 2013 at 10:58 AM

#40, there’s usually less crashes when cars are parked and not moving.

ChampagneKitty July 1, 2013 at 11:06 AM

to “@champagne Kitty” #41–I take it you are fairly new to Claycord. I have been a regular on this blog for several years now and the other regulars know that I do not make things up. I have no reason to and it is against my nature. I understand that what I am saying is not what many of you want to hear. I know that a lot of you would love to watch BART fire everyone on strike and replace them with lower paid workers. But whether you like it or not, that is just not how it works.

” If a worker abandons his job they can be terminated.” That is a very broad statement and very much depends on the situation. Just FYI, I do not work for BART or any government or transit agency. Even though I am on disability now, I have been working in a union environment for over 20 years, and that includes occasional strike situations. So I am a little bit familiar with this issue.

For more information regarding labor laws and the National Labor Relations Act, you can visit http://www.nlrb.gov/.

Anonymous July 1, 2013 at 11:42 AM

No kitty you visit the site .the NRLA does not apply to public employees. You can keep saying it does but it does not.

@ in support July 1, 2013 at 11:57 AM

I’m praying you proofread your next comment.

Justin Gelinas July 1, 2013 at 2:36 PM

While I agree in fair compensation in the workplace, from what I understand – BART employees are not only compensated extremely well given the economy with good benefits, but also appear to be very under-appreciative for it.

I might not understand all of the details they are fighting for, but from what I do know – I can make the conclusion that they should all be fired and replaced if they are not appreciative… Their positions effect the entire Bay Area, and while they may be using that in their argument – it certainly doesn’t demonstrate their loyalty to the people they serve everyday to taking this kind of action.

BCuzItzClaycord July 1, 2013 at 4:01 PM

Anon #42 not only does NLRA cover gov’t employees in CA there is also PERB that covers gov’t employees. Champagne Kitty is correct and you and the other are wrong…………..And a “strike” is no job abandonment…………..some of you are so stuck on stupid and high on low mentality it is amazing you are capable of wiping your own fannies

Robert July 1, 2013 at 5:30 PM

Please contact me if BART will be hiring

Pegasus July 1, 2013 at 6:37 PM

Since service is halted anyway why not start the new hiring process now!

BCuzItzClaycord July 1, 2013 at 9:44 PM

Robert – you can go on the freakin BART website and see that they are ALWAYS hiring………..put in your app and take the freakin test as that is how one is hired @ a gov’t agency………………..

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