Monday, June 22, 2009

BART Strike Looms

by Robert Gammon
Mon, Jun 22, 2009 at 6:51 AM

BART unions appear to be headed for a strike, which would cripple the Bay Area's commute. According to the Chron, BART unions want more time to negotiate new contracts, but the agency's management is determined to implement cuts by July 1 and has asked Governor Schwarzenegger to not intervene. BART management wants to slash about $100 million from it labor costs, but the unions have resisted, noting that BART brass has routinely wasted money. The unions are right, of course, but BART employees also are overpaid, as is management.

It seems pretty clear that both sides need to start compromising, and share the pain. BART management needs to take pay cuts, and stop throwing away money on trips and parties, and the unions need to understand that the system can't sustain such high employee salaries, especially during this economic crisis.

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