Perks found in the Station Agent/Train operator contract

So while professional folks such as the vehicle mechanics / electronic technicians might not be compensated as well, apparently the front line workers are making a killing AND with plenty of "perks" that aren't pointed out in most articles.

These guys are beyond spoiled! I found other "perks" in the Station Agent / Train operator contract (http://www.bart.gov/docs/job_descriptions/jobs/CBA/2009_2013_ATU.pdf)

- (3) PAID 15 min breaks, every 2 hours
- PAID 30 min lunch
- OVERTIME if any of above breaks are missed ( OT for missing a PAID lunch?!?)

- $10 medical co-pays w/ elective dental work covered at 75-90%
- pay of OT or even DOUBLE time for working on a regular day off
- $12 lunch allowance if you're not working at your normal worksite
- requirement for all break rooms at stations to have bottled H20, microwave, fridge (a man cave basically?)
- 1K tuition reimbursement

....And this is just in the first 116 Pgs of a 400+ pg contract.

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Train Operator since 2003's picture

This is more hype than relevant.

- (3) PAID 15 min breaks, every 2 hours.
No. Two breaks and a lunch for 8 to 10 hour shifts, one break for 6 hour part time shifts like everybody else.

- PAID 30 min lunch.
Yes. Because we are on standby like cops and firefighters.

- OVERTIME if any of above breaks are missed ( OT for missing a PAID lunch?!?)
Yes. Were it not for this rule Management would just schedule us to work through our breaks as they did before the union negotiated this decades ago.

- $10 medical co-pays w/ elective dental work covered at 75-90%
No, well for me anyway. I pay $15 for co-pays. Elective dental is for actual checkups and cleaning. If we want "cosmetic" such as whitening, we pay out of pocket.

- pay of OT or even DOUBLE time for working on a regular day off.
Yes. 1.5 for RDO 1 and 2x for RDO 2 but, you must have worked RDO 1 to get RDO 2 pay for RDO 2. Just like the cops and maybe firefighters, but I don't know about them.

- $12 lunch allowance if you're not working at your normal work site.
Ancient history. It's in there, but nobody on the blue collar side has ever received this "perk" that I know of. I doubt payroll even has a code number for that anymore.

- requirement for all break rooms at stations to have bottled H20, microwave, fridge (a man cave basically?)
Really stupid statement. Having a place to eat with a micro, fridge, clean water and access to a toilet. I don't know where you work but these are common at most business. (a man cave, not even remotely.)

- 1K tuition reimbursement
Not a front line perk when all employees at BART get this. But it must go towards classes related to a job at BART. Example: CSO's can use it to become cops.

Pretty flat so far but hey, you only have 284 pages to go...

Train Operator since 2003's picture

Hm, my entire career I only had check ups. Yay for flossing.

Train Operator since 2003's picture

Really? you want me to defend water...

I love it...worthless union slugs are getting rattled, you thought that management would have caved in by now...ha ha ha ha ha

California law requires two paid breaks for every 8 hours worked. Everyone gets this, nor just BART employees. Also, California law says you get paid for your lunch break if you can't leave. Again, California law says hourly employes who work six days a week get time and a half for the sixth day. This is all pretty basic stuff and not unique to BART

And having water in a break room is a perk? I'd say its about as skimpy as a company can be. EVERY other place I've ever worked has at least had free coffee, if not more.

gruntled you pointing out those facts pretty much shuts up the uninformed people who don't have a clue that they too could have the same benefits if only they: 1.)knew the law 2.)had the guts to fight for their already available rights. battered worker syndrome is what it could be called; beaten about the head and neck by corporate america for so long that they think anyone who doesn't take the beating is somehow a scumbag.