BART Employees Unions Holding Strike Authorization Votes Tuesday

by : sfappeal – excerpt

BART union workers are distributing leaflets to patrons today that highlight safety issues that they say aren’t being addressed by management at the bargaining table.
Leah Berlanga, a spokeswoman for Service Employees International Union Local 1021, which represents 1,430 mechanics, custodians and clerical workers at BART, said the safety of the transit agency’s employees and customers is being compromised by inadequate lighting in tunnels, a substandard electrical system and other problems.
Berlanga said the lighting in some tunnels is so bad that train operators can’t see fellow employees who are doing repair work…
Trost said she believes the fact that the unions are holding strike authorization votes “validates the signal they’ve been sending that they are prepared to strike so they don’t have to pay more for health care and pension costs.”… (more)

How will a BART strike effect the daily commute? They are having accidents and incidents now.

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