Labor and transit official trade offers for proposed compromise in BART strike

  • Article by: TERRY COLLINS , Associated Press
  • Updated: October 18, 2013 - 10:15 PM

OAKLAND, Calif. — Bay Area rapid transit authorities and striking workers both made offers late Friday they said had a single aim: get stationary trains that move 400,000 commuters on any given workday back on track.

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stjohnsonOct. 18, 13 7:32 AM

The union needs to take what is being offered and be thankful. They contribute nothing to their pension (how many companies even offer them anymore) and are being asked to pay 9.5% of their medical costs (most companies are asking employees to pay 20%). And yes, management should be able to create work schedules that promote efficiencies in the system. If workers don't like it, go find another $82,000/year job.

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kappelsOct. 18, 13 8:25 AM

Is it just me, or does it seem like they go on strike every 2 or 3 years?

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raineyrooOct. 18, 1310:04 AM

"The union needs to take what is being offered and be thankful." Are you willing to accept that as a response from your employer? I don't and I'm not even in a union. I'm at the director level (Supply Chain) and have left a couple past employers high and dry when I was told that statement by a former employer after a year of stellar performance. I certainly do not begrudge anyone, union or not, for fighting for a better salary.

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acctsah2Oct. 18, 1311:09 AM

"...now average about $71,000 in base salary and $11,000 in overtime annually, the transit agency said. BART workers currently pay $92 a month for health care and contribute nothing toward their pensions." --- Seriously???? That's quite a bit of cash for what I would consider not an overly skilled positions. I pay over $300 a month for health care and it's not real great, $92 a month, yes please. Oh, and no pension contribution........Unions may someday need to catch up to the real world.

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FrankLOct. 18, 1312:09 PM

Maybe Google should work on self-driving trains and buses first instead of a car. Think of how much pain that would save people.

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raineyrooOct. 18, 1312:23 PM

"Oh, and no pension contribution........Unions may someday need to catch up to the real world." Just because YOU don't have a pension, why should someone else not be allowed to have one? Sounds like socialism to me. Enjoy your crappy 401K and the great selection of 2-2.75% percent fees that are offered. Glad that my wife and I both have our private employer pensions, along with our individual retirement plans.

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acctsah2Oct. 18, 1312:45 PM

"Just because YOU don't have a pension, why should someone else not be allowed to have one?" --- I never said I didn't have a pension...let me check....nope didn't say that. I have a pension, one that I contribute to in addition to my employer contributing to, and I have my own retirement savings. I am not asking the taxpayer to pay for my entire pension without me contributing a dime to it. Slight difference there.

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jbpaperOct. 18, 13 4:37 PM

" whether workers can file for overtime when they've been out sick,"------ That one could use a little more explanation.

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jbpaperOct. 18, 13 4:40 PM

FrankL: "Maybe Google should work on self-driving trains and buses first instead of a car."----I'm quite certain the technology is already there for trains. However, good luck getting it past the unions.

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