BART Management Sticks Up For The Taxpayers & Riders

BART’s hardball tactics stun unions

BART’s hardball game is proving to be a lot better than its unions had anticipated — and from the looks of things, management isn’t planning any changes.

“We’ve heard a lot of talk about what should be a fair raise for workers,” said BART director Zachary Mallett, whose district includes Berkeley, Albany and a large swath of western Contra Costa County. “But what is really important to talk about is, what is the fair wages and benefit package for the work being done?

“If someone is making $1,000 an hour for a job that can be done for $20 an hour, then they don’t need a raise,” Mallett said.

Asked how that thinking might apply to BART, Mallett said, “Our driver wages are the highest in the region, despite the fact that our trains are automated.”

That pretty much sums up what BART directors — particularly those in suburban districts — are hearing from voters.

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I stand with the Union; if BART Management did its day-to-day operations job, safety wouldn't even be on the table. Issues like that should be addressed in day-to-day. BART has to modify management's salaries and PTO first; you can't read the all the b.s. that's being published about the workers' salaries at all. BART is managed horribly and changes need to be made starting at the top down. DUI Dorothy never should have gotten a pay-out like she did.