This is my last post to BartRage, though I may lurk from time to time to see how things are going. I accepted a new position today and start in two weeks. No more punching a time clock, being docked, etc., and I'll be getting a $15K a year raise, get to telecommute twice a week, and actually stand a chance at a raise in less than four years if I do a decent job! Going to call in sick tomorrow and Friday, then take the weekend to decide whether to give notice to my boss or, just for spite, not bother to go back Monday.
For my entire tenure at BART, our raises have *always* been below the national average. For example, the past four years the averages were: 3.5, 3.9, 3.8 and 3.9. We got 0, 2, 2 and 3. This has created some problems in BART hiring more educated and/or technical staff since pay has gotten well below average for a lot of positions (not everyone is a TO or Station Agent). What I've noticed management doing, however, is hiring people into different job classifications but having them do the same work while getting paid a lot more money.
1. Four months before the contract expires, BART announces it is broke, or is going to be broke, soon.
2. Three months before the contact expires, negotiations officially begin. Management leaks exaggerated stories of employee salaries and work rules to the press. The public gripes about overpaid BART employees and says everyone should be paid minimum wage. The media includes a sentence or two from the union to be "fair", but nothing is ever said about the exorbitant amounts paid to consultants or about the large number of jobs that went unfilled because they didn't pay enough.