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Bay Area Commuters React to BART Strike

| July 1, 2013
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Traffic to the Bay Bridge began backing up around 6:30 a.m. Monday. (Deborah Svoboda/KQED)

Traffic to the Bay Bridge began backing up around 6:30 a.m. Monday. (Deborah Svoboda/KQED)

Those who rely on BART to get to work–as many as 200,000 commuters–are naturally having a strong reaction to the strike. Selected responses from Twitter below …

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  • A Bay area citizen

    Fire the unions! Hire new workers! Even though it takes few weeks to train the new, it will solve the problem for ever.

  • pointus

    ‘If BART’s management negotiating team is made up of the same geniuses
    who “negotiated” the agency’s contract with then-General Manager Dorothy
    Dugger, then there is no hope for a rational resolution. In May 2011,
    Dugger was run out of her job by a 5-4 vote of the board of directors.
    She got a parting gift of $920,000 and another $330,000 in vacation pay.
    With her replacement Grace Crunican making $316,000 a year (the
    president of the United States only makes $400,000), I imagine it’s hard
    not to giggle when BART representatives say they can’t afford a pay
    increase for operators. At a cost of $143 million over three years, a 23
    percent raise is only 114 Duggers!’

    -Melissa Griffin

    http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/bart-labor-seeking-more-money-for-not-laboring/Content?oid=2459157

  • US_POLICESTATE

    I’d like to say cave to the BART strikers, give them whatever they want. The costs will simply be passed along to the riders anyway. So all you folks showing sympathy to a bunch of people essentially holding your “reliable” transportation hostage can shut your mouths when the rates go up.

    Now what BART really needs to do is simply not do anymore contracts. Fire all strikers, then hire back any who want to work like a regular employee, like most of us do. Faced with the potential of trying to find a new job in this economic climate I’m quite sure most BART workers would take the job, and they can help train new employees to replace the folks that want to remain jobless rather than take a non-union job.

    Both SEUI and AFSCME support and are supported by communist groups. Reason enough to kick them to the curb.