California Transit Workers Strike Leaving Commuters In The Dust

BART strike

Government encourages citizens to use mass transportation instead of driving their own vehicles. Government allows public sector workers in mass transportation to unionize and demand more and more from the taxpayers. Public sector workers strike, leaving millions of citizens unable to get to work. In effect, the unions are extorting the public for the good of the union.

That’s what’s happening in California‘s San Francisco area.

Bay Area Rapid Transit workers walked off the job early Monday morning after last-minute negotiations failed to produce a new contract agreement. The strike ensured a nightmarish commute to start the week, leaving about 400,000 BART riders to find another way to get work.

Traffic leading up to the toll plaza of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge was heavier than usual around 5:30 a.m. Monday. People also lined up early to take buses that were leaving from a few BART stations.

It’s the usual suspects.

The Service Employees International Union Local 1021 and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 155, which combined represent over 2,300 BART workers, took to the picket lines initially at the Lake Merritt BART station in Oakland shortly after midnight, moving to other stations system-wide throughout the early morning hours.The walkout came just a few hours after contract talks with BART management had again stalled. (Read More)

BART had made several offers to the unions, including 8% pay raises over the next four years, (which is pretty generous in this lousy economy) but those offers were rejected.