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I work at BART and am, frankly, SICK of being in the Union. It's messed up that Station Agents make more money than BART's engineers, attorneys, accountants and other highly specialized jobs. Professional people not in the union are treated professionally--they come in and do their jobs. Those of us forced into the Union must punch time clocks (can you imagine someone in Silicon Valley or a Major Law Firm punching a time clock?) and paying the Union $2,000 a year for the privilege.
In more than 20 years at BART, only one person in my Union has ever been promoted. Compare that to the non-union/managers union where promotions are commonplace. Same with raises--you can bust your ass doing a good job but, because of the union, everyone has to make exactly the same money so there's no reward--except for the slackers who can't do their work in the allotted time and work overtime.
Then, the kicker, if you work during the strike, the Union penalizes you whatever money you made. If you want to be in a Union--great--but if a Union is so wonderful why are people FORCED into it? Yes, I know that TECHNICALLY you can resign from the Union, but you're still forced to pay dues AND follow the rules of the Union, vs. non-union, employees.
Now, a lot of managers aren't much better, either. They have the scam going of never missing a day (even though they do, they just lie) and staying on the payroll a year or more after leaving BART, racking up even more time off.
Maybe the Feds should take over BART the way they took over the Oakland schools.
Anyone reading this who has kids, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD don't let them work in the public sector if you care about them at all. It's HORRIBLE. I've lost my Social Security from being at BART so long so have no real choice at this point, but if I had to do it again I would never have started working at this awful place.
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