Updates regarding contract talks

Here's a link to SFGate.com: http://www.sfgate.com/columnists/matierandross/

It's about one-third down the page. July 30th, eh? Hmm. I haven't found anything else from doing a Google search, but if anyone has anything else to add, please do!

white06lacrossecxs's picture

I think they mean as July 30th must be the date that BART managers tell the union to get screwed. I like what one person said in the chronicle, if the union doesn't start cooperating do like Regan did with the air traffic controllers, fire them all and start fresh. The person took back his statement later in the article but the more this goes on this doesn't sound like such a bad idea.

white06lacrossecxs's picture

I hope it doesn't come to that either. But with the way things are going who knows. But to tell you the truth I don't think there will be a strike. Neither side can afford it right now.

... if the union doesn't start cooperating ... stop talking in code. Just say "if the union doesn't give management the exact deal they want without negotiating"

Meh, I'll have completed all of my move, except cleaning out the old place, by then. Then it'll be, "hasta la vista, bart!" At least till I need to get down to SFO for a trip in August. I guess I should register a new screen name.

I would *LOVE* to see some performance-based incentives but, to be honest, if such incentives exist I would say that employees have met them and more over the past four years and the "reward" is going to a huge amount of cuts:

* Ridership up 85K
* On-time performance above 90% (best of any Bay Area transit agency)
* Good safety record (passenger wise at least, sadly some employees weren't as fortunate)

So what would you base "performance" on? It has to be something measurable, and since on-time performance, safety and ridership aren't criteria, what should be?

The bottom line is BART is always going to be broke every contract negotiation: every four years they are broke, then money suddenly appears once negotiations are over.

white06lacrossecxs's picture

You know, I never really thought if it that way. Its because of the rank and file employees that have made BART as reliable as it is.

And also, not necessarily here, but on sfgate there are endless comments about how BART workers should only get raises based on performance, etc.

The way it works in general

Excellent workers get raises and promotions
Good workers get raises
Average workers stay the same
Poor workers are dismissed

The way it works at BART
Managers get raises and promotions regardless of performance
Everyone else gets the bare minimum
Few are dismissed

Damn barthater. You're obviously on to us.

We went out between Balboa Park and Daly City yesterday and deliberately knocked a coverboard onto the third rail. This activity was unauthorized of course, and extremely dangerous with trains running full speed in both directions. Somebody could have easily been struck by a train or fried by the rail during this activity, but those risks are minor relative to the joy of totally disrupting the system and sticking it to management!

Some of the things you post are unexplainable in their stupidity sometimes.