BART Goes on Strike: Sign This Petition If You're Mad

Categories: Angry People, BART

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As promised again and again, BART workers walked off the job at midnight, making the start of your weekend, well, 100 percent unbearable.

There's little commuters can do about this transit tragedy other than hop a ferry or just say "screw it" and stay home making conference calls in their Pjs. Oh wait, there is one thing you can do while waiting in that long line to catch the ferry: sign this petition banning all future BART strikes.

Orinda City Councilmember Steve Glazer, who also happens to be running for state assembly, launched his presumably soon-to-be popular petition through Go Petition, an online platform with an ambitious motto of "changing the world." All he needs now is your for you to take all your anger and unleash onto this petition.

See Also: 11 Things More Annoying Than a BART Strike

Here is how Glazer explains his call for a ban on BART strikes:

BART carries nearly 375,000 passengers on an average week day. The Bay Area Council Economic Institute estimates that one day of a BART strikes cost the Bay Area economy $73 million. It also hurts our environment, wasting 800,000 gallons of gas each day of a strike and putting 16 million lbs of carbon into the air.

New York, Chicago, Massachusetts, Washington, and San Francisco restrict transit strikes. Due to the crippling impact a BART strike would have on the Bay Area and California economy, it is imperative that the State Legislature provide a backstop to the regional BART Board through a ban on BART strikes.

So there you have it: your very own chance to screw BART unions right back.






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elizabethfrantes
elizabethfrantes

I got yer sign right here buddy ... those spoiled demiborgeousie insisting that everyone do their bidding . ..it wasn't the union at fault.  Who told those jerks to get office jobs doing nothing in SF, and live in a plastic and vinyl McMansion in the east bay?  If you don't like how the entire Bay Area has been so overbuilt that even a minor "inconvenience" causes so much trouble, well, tell it to the developers and their minions in office.    I think those union bashers have nothing jobs with no futures, resent those who didn't cave in to the cubicle corps, and instead of realizing that it's mostly management that's at fault here.  I take it the author is one of those spoiled little jerks who thinks mass transit is a private Google bus?  And wishes all those poor folks would just leave town to make room for their wanna be poser act?  well, pal, the thing is, you ain't even cool enough to be a poser. 

asdfasdfasdf
asdfasdfasdf

the author of this article is an ASS!

Working class folks who are against other working class folks that unionize to get better living/working conditions screw EVERYONE in the long run.

I too support the BART strike workers!!

aliasetc
aliasetc topcommenter

Fire them all like Ronnie Reagan did to the flight controllers...airplanes didn't fall out of the sky. The people who run BARF should be fired also.

Jeremy Baker
Jeremy Baker

Protip: you shouldn't be mad that they make good money, you should be mad that you and your peers aren't demanding a livable wage as well.

Doremus
Doremus

"who also happens to be running for state assembly" says it all.  

I can only think Erin is a young person with no knowledge of why collective bargaining is crucial to our democracy.  Or maybe she's corporate management.  

Honestly, people need to read what they write.    Why don't you start a petition to bring back serfdom?     

 I support the BART strike workers

pembrokellc
pembrokellc

The BART employees are doing this for public safety!!! LOL

pembrokellc
pembrokellc

It's all for safety, read the signs!!! LOL

Carlos Renteria
Carlos Renteria

These dumb greedy idiots should stop period . I want tells these people , shut up and do your job and stop winning for more money . Omg there like children crying for more candy.

Jason Wyman
Jason Wyman

So....$50K is a lot in the Bay Area? And the workers can't advocate for more? And folks are pissed because they make more than you? Where is the outrage at management then? Where is the outrage over the increased fares over a year ago when the management got their raise? And... if you cannot walk off the job and strike, what real negotiating power do you have? This is totally a smear campaign by mainstream media (Thanks SF Weekly for always supporting the mainstream, you make not reading you easy) to smear workers by pitting those who have the right to collective bargaining against those that don't have the right to collective bargaining. This is a smoke and mirrors game to bust unions and drive wages lower FOR EVERYONE. And...to be clear, my husband and I TOGETHER made less than $50K last year. And I commute. I fully support the strike. Fighting for rights is rarely convenient.

John Lilly
John Lilly

Those greedy fucks don't know what it is like to be poor. When you start making over $50k a year and demanding more, you're no longer standing up for the little guy. And, its not like BART is some corporation that makes widgets we could boycott.

Robert Scalzi
Robert Scalzi

BART management refused the unions Arbitration offer after their Goon Thomas Hock who owns a transpo co who profits every time BART strikes wouldn't really negotiate _ Fuck BART management for their latest transgression on the people of the bay area.

Shelley Mack
Shelley Mack

Great article but no link anywhere to sign the petition which would have helped.

Michael Kong
Michael Kong

ah no...nobody cares about them. Can we hire new people to work???

Félix Hernández-Rodríguez
Félix Hernández-Rodríguez

I think another good petition would be to have SF make a bike-walking lane in the West span of the Bay Bridge. That way when agencies like BART or AC Transit are up in arms because their drivers are earning only $60,000/year, we are able to walk or ride to-and-fro between Oakland and SF.

Deb Behan
Deb Behan

Read the petition Julia. They cam still bargain, just not walk off and leave us with the transit mess.

Julia Mae Thies
Julia Mae Thies

So, they don't get to utilize their collective bargaining power to improve not only their working conditions but also system safety because it inconveniences you?

yasniel.cordova
yasniel.cordova

@aliasetc It is this kind of thinking that continues to increase profits for the 1% club. Shame on today’s middle class, for allowing the golden era (40’s and the 50’s) to slip away. Today’s middle class, those with degree’s, should be earning $200,000.00 +, and these BART workers should be where there at, at the bottom of the middle class that is (do you understand what I’m saying). I spent close to a hundred thousand dollars on my education so that I can get a job that pays $20,000.00 dollars today, is that right? I am not jealous and envious of what BART workers earn. I have submitted an application and hope to get hired or hope that the economy that the middle class allowed to disappear will once again return, and then I can earn proper for my skill set. Don’t buy into corporate propaganda that has brained washed the middle class to think that earning $100,000.00 is middle class today. Look into the history for standards of living, and rediscover why the middle class disappeared in the United States. It is our fault, stop being jealous of the very group that will insure the middle class salaries will return one day to a level once seen in the 50’s. Peace out, and think before you speak. A question for you, what should BART workers earn?

yasniel.cordova
yasniel.cordova

@Carlos Renteria It is this kind of thinking that continues to increase profits for the 1% club. Shame on today’s middle class, for allowing the golden era (40’s and the 50’s) to slip away. Today’s middle class, those with degree’s, should be earning $200,000.00 +, and these BART workers should be where there at, at the bottom of the middle class that is (do you understand what I’m saying). I spent close to a hundred thousand dollars on my education so that I can get a job that pays $20,000.00 dollars today, is that right? I am not jealous and envious of what BART workers earn. I have submitted an application and hope to get hired or hope that the economy that the middle class allowed to disappear will once again return, and then I can earn proper for my skill set. Don’t buy into corporate propaganda that has brained washed the middle class to think that earning $100,000.00 is middle class today. Look into the history for standards of living, and rediscover why the middle class disappeared in the United States. It is our fault, stop being jealous of the very group that will insure the middle class salaries will return one day to a level once seen in the 50’s. Peace out, and think before you speak. A question for you, what should BART workers earn?

pembrokellc
pembrokellc

@Jason Wyman You should be paid market rates who in BART makes 50K?

Antonette Bryant is a station agent and her base is 107K. Total is probably 200K+ with abuse of OT, etc.

pembrokellc
pembrokellc

@Robert Scalzi LOL........quoting an SEIU goon: "we have our boot on the neck of the dragon". You should read what the BART goon employee "crimper" posts on sfgate. He brags about his abuse of OT and calling in sick when he is not. He hates the public and says so.

serial.rockstar
serial.rockstar

@pembrokellc records show who makes what with OT.  Noone is doubling their salary with OT.  Last I checked, OT is taxed extra, as well.


The problem with people like you is that you assume Antonette Bryant, if she makes 200k+, gives a fuck about the union negotiations.  Perhaps she's willing to strike to support the workers in lower income.  Perhaps she spends her time organizing.  You're quick to take a name from a spreadsheet and turn it into a statement of greed.

BART management spent a bunch of our money to hire a guy whose business card says, "Wanna force a strike?"

Also, who in the bay area makes "market rate" on a national scale?
Every day of the year except when this issue is on the table, we are the biggest, the brightest, the shining stars leading the world in this or that, but when working-class people trying to afford to live in our skyrocketing real estate fuckhole, where the actual cost of rent is DIRECTLY related to proximity to BART, every single rental listing notes which BART station is nearby, they are just greedy shits.


How much do you pay a train operator?  Oh, I dunno, go look up what the poorest one makes and let's pay that.  Clearly, the framers of BART did not want to do that, they wanted to aim higher than other transit systems in a number of ways, including range, which has a dramatic impact on the social mobility of people in the entire region.  They wanted working for BART to be a prestigious, honorable job.


They clearly didn't know how much fecal matter would be in BART stations, but realistically, most legit complaints about BART are about the clientele, and there isn't much that can be done about that. :/

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