BART to Passengers: Start Prepping for Another Strike

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The bargaining table
BART and its train operators are scheduled to sit down this morning and try to seriously work out their lingering differences, because, let's face it, they really don't have much time left. The 60-day "cooling off" period ordered by the governor comes to a halt in 25 days.

Both sides are reporting they're still very far apart, and as of now there's been no movement to come together. All this non-progress over wages has BART officials understandably paranoid, which is why they're asking commuters to go ahead and start planning for another potential strike come Oct. 10.

Given that there's very little commuters can do to start planning other than buy a new car, the transit agency is offering up this idea to comfort everyone: BART officials told ABC News that they might start training its 200 managers to operate the trains should union workers go on strike again. That ought to be a great photo opp for the media.

"That's a planning exercise right now. We're not sure that we're going to be able to do that, but I will say that's something that we're looking at," BART's assistant general manager Paul Oversier told the news station.

Train operators found that news completely distressing.

"I would be extremely concerned if they're thinking about having managers run trains," said Antonette Bryant, president of the Amalgamated Transit Union, which represents BART's 400 train operators. "Our train operators go through a 16-week period of training in order for them to be certified and they still have to have a 90-day probation on top of that 16 weeks to operate a train."

Regardless, you can count on extra bus services, more ferries, and a hell of a lot more traffic on the Bay Bridge should things remain as they are now at the bargaining table.




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komet053
komet053

time to fire this goddamned union.

jwentwistle
jwentwistle

Why don't we pay them more and keep the BART running past midnight (on Friday and Saturday)? I think shutting the BART down at midnight encourages the people to drive drunk. The BART is supposed to be a service to the people and everybody I've talked to supports the idea.

rforsland2001
rforsland2001

Grace Cunnilingus screwed up in Seattle, she is bringing her losing streak to the Bay Area

pembrokeinstruments
pembrokeinstruments

Yeah, Antoinette is afraid that BART can run w/o them, which I am sure it can at some level. The last thing this leech wants is for people to get to work.

Stan James
Stan James

Boycott the system....that will send a very strong message. They will have to either downsize or do something differently!

Siobhan Morrow
Siobhan Morrow

there will of course be another Bart strike. Everyone in the bay area should start getting used to other commuting options. Bart is poorly managed, over priced, unsafe, over crowded, and needs new trains and safer conditions for the paying public. AC Transit is the best. I thank the first Bart strike for getting me to utilize AC Transit, it's been so much less stressful ever since.

Todd Ganser
Todd Ganser

Lisa, little kids could do their jobs better too.

Lisa Quail
Lisa Quail

Oh for Heaven's Sake! Why does this not surprise me! I know of a lot of little kids who behave better than BART Management and its train operators.

mrericsir
mrericsir topcommenter

@Stan James And you're going to boycott the sales tax that pays for Bart how, exactly?

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