How Do You Feel About a BART Strike? (Some of) the People Speak
What do Bay Area residents think about the possibility of another BART strike? New survey results say that there’s widespread opposition to a walkout, which could happen after midnight tonight. And a majority of poll respondents say they’d like to see state law changed to ban strikes. Closer to home, we sent our newsroom interns into KQED’s neighborhood at the border of the Mission District and Potrero Hill to see what those who live and work here have to say.
|Charles Sabia, 49, from the Mission District, takes BART regularly.
How will the strike affect him, and should workers be able to strike?
“The strike didn’t affect me much. It’s not a big problem if the strike happens. I just won’t go as many places. Workers have the right to strike but they need a mediator. They need a paid public mediator to move things forward.”
|Bianca Walian, 19, a model from Daly City, takes BART regularly.
What will she do if there’s another strike?
“Besides cry? I guess you drive more. I can’t do random visits home, it’s half a tank of gas and tolls.”
|Kent Sergent says he relies mostly on his bicycle for transportation.
How might a strike affect him?
“The last strike didn’t really affect me, but the time they were on strike before that, I had to ride my bike all the way from Walnut Creek to Berkeley, just to go out on a Friday night.”
|Girard Robinson, 40, a security guard from San Francisco.
How will the strike affect him, and should workers get to go on strike?
“I don’t use BART too often. I usually just drive so the strikes haven’t affected me. … They (BART workers) do deserve to strike. Fair raises? They need and deserve them just like everybody else.”
|Oscar Oorras, 59, from Hercules, storeroom supervisor for Muni maintenance who rides BART regularly (not pictured).
How would the strike affect him, and should workers keep the right to strike?
“The strike affected me. I had to start early or late but they’re [Muni] flexible about us changing our hours. … Workers should be able to strike but it’s not fair to riders. There should be other options and ways to solve it.”
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