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Re: “Letters to Bay Area Media: KTVU, Stop Being a Shill for San Francisco

Thank you for a well-written story. I couldn't agree more,

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Posted by Regina Filangee on 10/30/2014 at 6:45 PM

Re: “BART Management Appears Intent on Forcing a Strike

Chris, please take a moment to Google Tom Hock (aka Thomas P. Hock) and his history as a negotiator with other transit agencies (Phoenix, AZ, for one). Hock owns Veolia Transportation which provides bus service. In fact, during the 4-1/2 day strike last July, many of Veolia's busses were used and paid for by BART, which means Hock made money from that strike. That is an egregious conflict of interest. Hock maintains it was a marginal sum. I don't care if it was $5. He had no business profiting from a strike. Hock is a notorious "union buster" who has left a trail of litigation in his wake at other transit agencies with whom he's worked. It is incredulous to me that, if the BART Board was truly interested in a quick and efficient contract negotiation, why would they bring in someone like Tom Hock? After reading his history, it becomes apparent that Hock and Grace Crunican have known each other for years. Conversely, if the Board did do its homework and reference checking last April and hired Hock in spite of his questionable tactics, then everything the Board has said and done is disingenuous. It suggests that this contract negotiation was used as the catalyst to break the unions and privatize BART. That would be the only way to prevent strikes from happening in the future.

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Posted by Regina Filangee on 10/11/2013 at 9:40 AM

Re: “BART Management Appears Intent on Forcing a Strike

I sit here shaking my head that, after reading John Logan's chronological recitation of the FACTS, you all still think so poorly of BART workers.

Consider this if you will: Economists tell us it takes an annual income of $74,321 for a family of four to survive in the pricy Bay Area. The average BART union worker earns between $40,000 to $62,000; BART management will have you believe otherwise. However, they have factored higher management salaries into the average BART worker salary calculation so that it looks inflated. The public buys this every time.

Transferring money off the books has always been done at contract time. Do you all know that BART's current real estate portfolio is worth in excess of $3 Billion with further transit villages slated for construction which will produce a large income stream for BART? Are you anti-labor naysayers also aware that BART's major interests and income streams are in real estate and that it only operates trains as a hobby?

Why would the BART board bring in Grace Crunican to sit as general manager? Do you all know she has not attended one bargaining session? Do you also know that she and her union-busting friend, Tom Hock, go way back ... Having sat on numerous transit seminar panels together? Do you know that she was fired from her last position in Seattle because she was directly responsible for the "Snowpacolypse" that struck Seattle? She went crawling back to her former employer, the City of Portland, and they wouldn't take her back. Why? And why would the BART Board hire someone so incompetent if it had done sufficient due diligence when recruiting a new GM?

Do you know what Grace Crunican has been doing this week while negotiators have been putting in 18-hour days on the eve of a catastrophic work stoppage? She has been acting as a survey taker, showing people the proposed new seats that will be used in new BART train cars! Why isn't her butt at the negotiating table? Oh yeah, I almost forgot ... It's because the Board chose to spend $400,000 for Tom Hock to be the District's mouthpiece, thereby rendering Crunican to nothing more than an impotent patsy.

I can understand why most people are angry at BART workers. You accuse them of holding the Bay Area commuters hostage. But you've got the kidnappers all wrong. It's BART management who is holding all of you hostage. It is easy to understand why when all the local TV stations pander to BART's systematic defamation of its loyal employees.

Speaking of loyal employees, I can assure you that station agents do not just sit in their booth and grow their asses. They are responsible for opening and closing stations; they must learn how to troubleshoot the automatic fair collection machines; when closing the stations at 1am and later, they must walk the 700' platform, looking for homeless people who try to find shelter in the stations overnight and then remove them; same with the stairwells, escalators, bathrooms, and elevators. Imagine, if you can, being a petite 62-year old Asian woman having to perform theses duties all by herself at the Civic Center Station. One such woman was severely beaten by two 20-year old women when the subject station agent attempted to assist them with the AFC machines. She was swept off her feet by them, kicked in the head repeatedly, and still suffers severe neurological symptoms. During her workers comp process when she asked BART for the video tape from it's newly installed PTZ camera system, many of which were pointed directly at the AFC machines, she was told that no such incident exists on the video tape. Shameful.

Finally, one other bit of trivia. There is currently a shortage of electricians at BART? Do you know why? It's because BART's pay for journeyman electricians is below what they can make at at other Bay Area companies.

There are always two sides to every story. I urge you all go Google "Thomas Hock" and then re-read Professor Logan's article. You might view things differently. Thank you.

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Posted by Regina Filangee on 10/10/2013 at 3:13 PM

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