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  •  The local news has published exactly (4+ / 0-)

    zero about the nature of the dispute. All they are saying is that labor and management are "far apart." Without specifics, it's too easy for frustrated BART riders to turn against the workers, as demonstrated by many "on-the-spot" interviews that have been on the tv news. So it's good for labor's image that they are going back to work. Still I wish we knew more about who is asking for what in these talks.

    •  The problem the BART Unions have had for years (2+ / 0-)
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      Is that they are no good at making their case to the public. They have legitimate beefs - as do most public employees who took hits during the recession. But they make no effort to communicate these to the public. Yeah, OK, some of it has to do with media bias, but I've been riding BART since it opened in the early '70s and I've seen this play out over and over. (I remember one strike back in the 80's when the national union came in and told them that they had made such a hash of the PR that there was no way they were going to win the strike so they might as well pack it in). Other transit unions in the area have historically done a much better job of garnering public sympathy before and during strikes.

      In this context particularly, I don't understand what the point of going back to work now is. They've already pissed everyone off that they're going to piss off, so they might as well hang tight until an agreement is reached. By going back to work now, they are (as someone upthread pointed out) just throwing away  whatever leverage and momentum they have established.

    •  Money is the issue (1+ / 0-)
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      The San Jose Mercury News published a database of all government employees salaries and benefits.  I looked at the BART workers salaries and would say that 2/3rds make north of $100K per year.  They pay a flat rate for health care (less than $100 per month) and they pay zero into their pensions.

      I'm not too sympathetic to their plight.

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