WHATS NEXT.. BART vs. ATU
ATU voted down the contract. BART Management says they may have to impose a contract. ATU says if they do, they will walk. The Bay Bridge will be closed for 4 days during Labor Day weekend. BART had planned on running service 24 hours a day for these 4 days.
BART says it takes 16 weeks to train a train operator under”normal” conditions. BART says it takes 16 weeks to train a train operator in”not so normal” conditions. The trainers who train both the Train Operators and the Station Agents are ATU members. The immediate supervisors of Station Agents and Train Operators are ATU members. The AFCSME middle management people know how to run the trains and the stations but per their own contract they may not touch ANY of the equipment….. They can only look.
How will BART Management get themselves out of the tangled web they have woven?
Even if they FIRE all ATU members like some have insisted, it will still take AT LEAST 32 weeks to get at least 1 trainer, 1 Train Operator and Station Agent trained. That’s 16 weeks for the 2 Trainers, another 16 weeks for 1 Train Operator and 1 Station Agent to be trained concurrently.
Can the BAY AREA realy wait that long for a train to start running?