East Bay Assembly Trio Criticize BART For Faulty Wage Numbers

ASSEMBLY//BART STRIKE | East Bay Assemblymembers Rob Bonta, Nancy Skinner and Bill Quirk were critical of BART management for misstating the true average wages of train operators and station agents.

During testimony Wednesday before the Board of Inquiry ordered by Gov. Jerry Brown to convene, BART management revealed the often quoted $79,000 average pay actually includes management’s wages. The figure is actually $63,000 and $64,000, according to BART.

“We’re pleased today’s meeting redirected focus on the ultimate goal of finalizing a fair contract that continues to ensure a safe, dependable public transit system,” said the lawmakers, in a joint statement. “The panel asked important questions, obtaining documents and testimony that revealed the true financial picture of BART, the actual wages workers earn, and the significant safety issues confronted by employees every day.”

Over past few months, the veracity of the higher wage figures were disputed by members of the two labor unions representing workers. Nonetheless, they were reported often by many local news outlets.

The Board of Inquiry is expected to release a report on Friday. There is a possibility the three-member board could recommend for a 60-day cooling off period while employees continue to work without a new contract.

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