Sign online petition to ban BART strikes

Orinda city councilmember Steve Glazer has created an online petition to urge the California state legislature to pass a law banning strikes by BART and other public transit systems. To sign the petition, go to

I Like how you tried to simplify a very complex situation. BUT..

Don't try to educate people on this board.. It's relatively pointless, about 25% of the users here are vocal anti-worker types (They are not in the mood to change their mind no matter what proof you offer).

There are even people here that have drank the management Kool-aid and believe the unions are asking for 20% raises. And some believe the district is actually offering a 10% raise. So educating this board on "Facts" is like educating Romney on "Facts". Just doesn't work with Wealthy Republican types, their "beliefs" get in the way of the "facts".

People need to realize that offering 10% Salary increase, then asking for 10%+ of your salary to pay for other things = 0% (or less) for the families that work to pay bills.

What the unions are asking for basically equal to LESS THAN 2% / YEAR (remember their numbers are stretched out over the future 4 years).. Also remember that the last 8 years were backwards contracts ( I think they're down about 12%) for the workers, so if management has their way they will be about 12 YEARS without a pay increase. ( I bet most of you have had a raise in the last 8 YEARS or will get one in the future 4 Years .. )

LINK: BART numbers more appropriately discussed are not 21 and 10 but instead 6 and 0.

Signed it too.. I think they SHOULD get unemployment insurance while on strike (Unfortunately, They DO NOT HAVE a Strike Fund). I also believe that if they had binding arbitration they'd get a fair raise of at the least Cost of Living plus a little. Especially since BART is showing record surpluses in money even after the Managers gave themselves raises.

I know the unions and management see it as a bad thing, but at least there would not be risk of a strike every 4 years (even though it's been a LONG time since the last one).
And since MUNI operators make MORE than BART operators they have a nearby comparison (plus they can compare to NY).

I think during "down years" binding arbitration's would work against the working class, but this time it's unfortunate they don't have binding arbitration. After 8 years of backwards contracts they'd get fair bump since they're pay is down 10-12% depending on where you get your numbers.

They'd be classified as "Essential" which would give them the retirement formula of other government unions like Fire and Police which would be a significant bump to their retirement (if you ask PERS, BART employees pensions formulas are near the middle/bottom of them).

I'm probably missing something, but all I see is a net gain for the working class people. You'd have 2,500+ working families in the Bay Area making and spending more. Hopefully you'd see BART getting more Federal and State money pumped into the Bay Area so that at the least people that work in San Francisco can live in San Francisco.

Hope more people sign it, but I hope they sign it because they know just a little bit more and it helps, and not because of what they "Think" it does.

Sign it because it's what benefits it might have to workers, and NOT because you're selfish and just don't want "Those people (fighting for their families) are ruining MY commute."

Who really needs to pay are the corporations that are given tax breaks, but reap the benefits of BART. (LOVE America, where the poor and middle class pay taxes, and the wealthy get many tax breaks as they make more money that the rest of us never get.)

Last note.. I think the Board of Directors should be appointed not elected.. Clearly the way management runs the show IS DYSFUNCTIONAL..

I wish you were in BART Management!