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 →
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 →
Solidarity with BART Workers – Come to the Picket Line 5 AM
Oakland, CA Oct 20 – Port Truck Drivers have self organized and voted to shut down the port of Oakland on Monday morning at 5am Solidarity requested Support these workers who have been taking it on the chin and are Continue reading →
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 →
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 →