Opinion: Hard Lessons from the BART Strike

What to Learn from the BART Strike

By Warren Mar and Susan McDonough

Reposted from The Stansbury Forum


Our attempt at this article was inspired by a brief analysis of the BART strike by Maria Poblet of Causa Justicia/Just Cause. We agreed with much of her global view that the strike was conducted under the current neo liberal agenda in this country of dismantling public services, at the same time blaming the inadequacy of those services on the public workers and their unions. In this article we would like to not repeat or focus of these points but home in on what the union(s) could have done better under these conditions – in particular SEIU 1021 – because we are more familiar Continue reading

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Did BART Scab’s Radio Screw-ups Play a Part in Track Deaths?

 by Matthew Keys

Re-posted from The Desk

Train operators and a central dispatcher had trouble communicating with each other the day two Bay Area Rapid Transit employees were fatally struck by an oncoming train two weeks ago, new audio recordings reveal.

Fourteen hours of BART radio transmissions obtained and reviewed by The Desk reveal replacement train operators had difficulty understanding commands given by a radio dispatcher at BART’s Oakland, California communications center. The recordings also reveal the dispatcher, known as a “train controller,” made several erroneous radio transmissions Continue reading

BART Workers to Strike Midnight Tonight

Oakland, CA Oct 17 – Radio news stations are reporting that the unions will strike BART at midnight tonight.

CBS, at SanFrancisco.cbslocal.com reports :

BART Unions Announce Midnight Strike As Negotiations Reach Impasse

October 17, 2013 4:42 PM, OAKLAND  – Unions representing Bay Area Rapid Transit workers announced a midnight strike after an impasse in contract talks Thursday afternoon.

Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 issued a statement just before 4 p.m. announcing “Unions to strike when trains return to station tonight.”

A union leader announced Thursday that BART and union negotiators have agreed on economic, health care and pension issues, but remained apart on work rule issues.

Roxanne Sanchez, president of Service Employees International Union Local 1021, said that workers would go on strike at midnight unless officials agree to submit the remaining issue to arbitration.

“I’m sorry, I’m regretful,” Sanchez said at a news conference outside Caltrans offices on Grand Avenue in Oakland where negotiations have been taking place.

“The employer has been unwilling to reach an agreement or to settle these disputes without a strike,” Sanchez Continue reading

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BART Unions Continue Talks – Monday Strike Deadline

 Re posted from SEIU1021.org

Oakland, CA  October 11, 2013 Bargaining teams for BART’s unions, SEIU 1021, ATU 1555, AFSCME 3993 released the following statement on the state of negotiations:

“Tonight we’ve had two significant changes at the bargaining table: elected BART Board members are now involved and engaged in negotiations in addition to Bay Area legislative leaders who agree on the need to avoid a strike.  The Unions expect that the BART General Manager will sit down Continue reading

BART Negotiations Continue Thursday Night… Unions and Community Support Workers

Negotiations are continuing Thursday evening and a strike could begin as early as Friday morning, although the Unions have not issued a 72 hour strike warning. This warning is a courtesy to the riders, not a legal requirement.

Tuesday, October 8th, about 500 Workers from BART and other supporting unions and community groups held a rally and march in downtown Oakland in support of the BART workers. All  photos are by Geno Pepi: Continue reading

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Rumor of BART Agreement Proves False – 500 Supporters March in Oakland

The rumor of a Tentative Agreement in the BART negotiations on Tuesday afternoon has proven false. Negotiations are continuing Tuesday evening and a strike could happen as early as Friday morning, although the Unions have not issued a 72 hour warning. This warning is a courtesy to the riders, not a legal requirement.

Tuesday evening about 500 Workers from BART and other supporting unions and community groups marched in downtown Oakland in support of the BART wRally at BART HQorkers.

BART riders in Station

BART Strike Facts – 1% vs. the 99% – Again

by Armean Megroian

BART workers and their Unions are being forced into a strike which will begin on Thursday Oct. 11th.  This will cause congestion on roadways and bridges of Bay Area. But while you’re sitting in heavy traffic and stewing, don’t curse the so called overpaid, lazy Union workers. Acquaint yourself with a few facts first. Of course you know, that you will not get actual facts from the corporate media, only melodrama. Continue reading

BART Strikers

BART Workers Call for Labor-Community Rally – Tues Oct 8

Rally and March, Tuesday October 8

Frank Ogawa/Oscar Grant Plaza, 5pm

BART General Manager Grace Crunican sits on the Board of Directors of the Bay Area Council, a group of Bay Area CEOs and managers working to bring down wages and working conditions for all of us. Help strategize and organize to beat back the Wisconsin attacks in the Bay Area.

When BART workers went on strike July 1, the whole Bay Area was Continue reading