Legislators On BART Strike: ‘The Time Is Now To Start The Healing’

LEGISLATURE//BART STRIKE | Citing progress between strike BART unions and management, in addition to the weekend’s tragic death of two BART employees, the entire East Bay legislative caucus is calling for an agreement tonight that would end the latest four-day labor dispute.

“We call on the parties to resolve those issues today and get the trains running tomorrow,” said a joint statement Monday evening from Assemblymembers Rob Bonta, Bill Quirk Nancy Skinner, Bob Wiekowski and State Sens. Ellen Corbett and Loni Hancock.

The tone of the statement also suggests a deal ending the BART strike may be imminent. “As Legislators and concerned residents, we have been monitoring negotiations and encouraging both parties to resolve their issues. Thank you to the mediators for their hard work, and thank you to BART and its employees for reaching to seek common ground. We understand there are only a few outstanding issues,” said the joint statement.

While reference the death of two BART employees inspecting train tracks last Saturday in Walnut Creek, the legislators said, “The time is now to start the healing. For the benefit of the public, riders, Bay Area businesses and the entire BART family, it is critical to get the trains running tomorrow.”

During the first BART strike in August, Bonta, Quirk and Skinner sent a similar, although less direct press release, calling for the end of the dispute. However, that statement was seen a more labor-friendly than Monday’s unequivocal message to both sides of the negotiating table.



Categories: Assembly, BART, Bart strike, Bill Quirk, Bob Wieckowski, Ellen Corbett, labor, labor negotiations, legislature, Nancy Skinner, Rob Bonta

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  1. I stand by my statement that it won't happen through the legislature for the reasons cited. If it's going to happen, which I doubt, you better start the initiative process which will take a lot of money. Until the L.A. area is inconvenienced by a large mass transit strike that won't happen either. If you can get the Koch brothers or other conservative groups to kick in a few million the initiative might get off the ground. Better get started because they are pouring millions into other causes right now like Reed's pension initiative to change the California constitution in November 2014.

    Don't bet on it because people have short memories. Even DeSaulnier has backed away from his earlier position. There's not even close to enough votes to get it out of either the Assembly or Senate. It only inconvenienced some of us in the Bay Area and not for very long. A political science professor from San Diego said ” until it makes me late for work, it's hard to have a strong view.” Like it or not, I think he is correct.

    If you want to do it through initiative you better start gathering your OVER HALF A MILLION signatures now which will take MILLIONS of dollars. The big TEA PARTY extremists have bigger fish to fry in 2014 and 2016. Your prediction is worthless and has no political understanding behind it.

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  2. Bob Huff deserves the PUBLIC'S thanks and eternal gratitude. He gives a damn. This is not over.

    If the SPACE HO had been listening it was said that this legislation will be introduced going forward in other committees. This was only the first step.

    The public will will this eventually. Down with the union whores!

    I was right when I said that immigration 'reform' was DOA, and that was proven today. I'll bet on this, too. Legislature is already in the process of drafting and it will be offered up in the next session. Unions went off the deep end one time too many. It's precisely because of that that they have sealed their fate.

    No short memories here. I guarantee it.

    The time is now to ban strikes forever. Everybody sign:

    http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/ban-bart-strikes.html

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  3. Anyone who has been on strike knows what a hardship it is for all including the public, management and the workers.

    Fortunately, enough working folks have been willing to bear that hardship so that progress as the 40 hour work week, safer working conditions, overtime pay,child labor laws, living wages, the weekend and the right to strike have been secured for many of us.

    This right has created the middle class, which was instrumental in keeping our economy going as more of us were able to purchase the goods and services we needed and wanted. This middle class has started to shrink as the labor movement is weakened and our economy has weakened along with it.

    One of the biggest fights was over working conditions, particularly safety! A few years ago a BART employee needlessly lost his life as he inspected the tracks. There was not enough done to correct this and now two more employees have lost their lives needlessly. The lack of real leadership at BART, particularly their overpaid general manager Grace Crucican't, is quite distressing.

    P.S. Live in Fremont, ride BART, don't belong to a union, but wish I did.

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  4. A message from our next Assemblyman Steve Glazer:

    Six months ago, calling for a ban on BART strikes might have seemed ludicrous. Yet after 20,000 of us took action against the strikes, organized and signed the petition, a recent Bay Area survey showed that the majority of residents now support a ban.

    With your help, we have put an issue on the map and built momentum for sensible change.

    But as you know, change is never easy. Yesterday in the State Legislature, the BART workers union quickly killed a bill to ban BART strikes. You can see the TV news story here.

    The sad fact is that our elected representatives were intimidated and hid under the bed. It’s no wonder they’re scared. When I first rallied public opinion behind a ban on BART strikes, a labor leader accosted me in a restaurant and told me “you have sealed the nail in your coffin.”

    But I’m not backing down, and neither should you. With your help, I will win my campaign for State Assembly and together we can solve this problem. I call it the BART Riders' Revenge.

    The Los Angeles Times, Sacramento Bee, San Francisco Chronicle and Contra Costa Times have all written about my race, calling it one of the most hotly contested Assembly races in California.

    It pits the independent outsider (me) against the most powerful special interests in the state. Usually the moneyed interests prevail. But the pundits smell an upset in the making because I have the background and broad community base (you) to get my message out.

    The BART workers union has already pledged to do everything in their power to destroy my candidacy. They want to send a message to any other candidate in California with the courage to take an independent stand. I know I can prevail – with your help.

    Will you pledge to support my campaign for State Assembly? There are so many ways to help – making a small donation, posting a yard sign, volunteering, holding a house party. If you can do any of these things, please click HERE to send me an email.

    Anything you can do will make a difference.

    Thanks so much for your support.

    Steve Glazer

    Council Member

    City of Orinda

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  5. Glazer won't even get into the top two. It will be Tim Sbranti and the Republican woman, Baker (the only woman in the race.) Tim will have too many precinct walkers and volunteers plus money from police,fire, teachers and nurses to lose. He will also have both Glazer's and Arnerich's support in the general election.

    It's not a Contra Costa seat even though they have a few more registered voters. It's a Democratic seat for sure though as more and more progressives make up the district. It's gone from Contra Costa to Alameda County to Contra Costa with Joan Buchanan. It will go back to Alameda again since Tim has all the major Contra Costa and Alameda Democrats lined up in support, including Joan Buchanan who is extremely popular in the district, and will most likely appear with him at campaign events and mail pieces.

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  6. Anyone who has been on strike knows what a hardship it is for all including the public, management and the workers.

    Fortunately, enough working folks have been willing to bear that hardship so that progress as the 40 hour work week, safer working conditions, overtime pay,child labor laws, living wages, the weekend and the right to strike have been secured for many of us.

    This right has created the middle class, which was instrumental in keeping our economy going as more of us were able to purchase the goods and services we needed and wanted. This middle class has started to shrink as the labor movement is weakened and our economy has weakened along with it.

    One of the biggest fights was over working conditions, particularly safety! A few years ago a BART employee needlessly lost his life as he inspected the tracks. There was not enough done to correct this and now two more employees have lost their lives needlessly. The lack of real leadership at BART, particularly their overpaid general manager Grace Crucican't, is quite distressing.

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  7. Bob Huff deserves the PUBLIC'S thanks and eternal gratitude. He gives a damn. This is not over.

    If the SPACE HO had been listening it was said that this legislation will be introduced going forward in other committees. This was only the first step.

    The public will will this eventually. Down with the union whores!

    I was right when I said that immigration 'reform' was DOA, and that was proven today. I'll bet on this, too. Legislature is already in the process of drafting and it will be offered up in the next session. Unions went off the deep end one time too many. It's precisely because of that that they have sealed their fate.

    No short memories here. I guarantee it.

    The time is now to ban strikes forever. Everybody sign:

    http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/ban-bart-strikes.html

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  8. The new G.M. at BART — she should be fired. She hired that tax payer rip off negotiator for $399,000, who took all that time off in the middle of negotiations and wouldn't settle the safety issues.

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  9. Temper Temper Anti-Union and Sexist Troll:

    This is why your man Glazer can't win: His BART stand hurt him.

    Went to Tim Sbranti's site and found this-In spite of the one Glazer supporter who keeps posting, it looks like Tim is a winner and will be our new Assemblyman

    I am honored to endorse Tim Sbranti for State Assembly. As an educator, Tim understands the challenges our schools face and the importance of education to improving our economy. As Mayor of Dublin, Tim understands the challenges of our cities of ensuring our quality of life and attracting new businesses. He also understands the need to be fiscally responsible and live within our budget. His knowledge and experience will prove to be valuable assets in the Assembly.

    -Assemblymember Joan Buchanan

    With Joan's support along with the teachers and nurses Tim Sbranti wins easily. He will have all the walkers and hundreds of volunteers. You'll be saying Assemblyman Sbranti.

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  10. As we return to the topic of BART:

    Our thanks to Grace Crunican, Joel Keller, of course our mentor Steve Glazer, and most of all John Q. Public.

    All of these folks care about the public not the entrenched interests. John, you've even inspired me to borrow your catch phrase, which I now proudly use as a bumper sticker on my wife's and my cars. Here's to you, John!

    Always for the public, and FUCK THE UNION WHORES!

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  11. That is why your man Glazer can't win: His BART stand hurt him.

    Went to Tim Sbranti's site and found this-In spite of the one Glazer supporter who keeps posting, it looks like Tim is a winner and will be our new Assemblyman

    I am honored to endorse Tim Sbranti for State Assembly. As an educator, Tim understands the challenges our schools face and the importance of education to improving our economy. As Mayor of Dublin, Tim understands the challenges of our cities of ensuring our quality of life and attracting new businesses. He also understands the need to be fiscally responsible and live within our budget. His knowledge and experience will prove to be valuable assets in the Assembly.

    -Assemblymember Joan Buchanan

    With Joan's support along with the teachers and nurses Tim Sbranti wins easily. He will have all the walkers and hundreds of volunteers. You'll be saying Assemblyman Sbranti.

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  12. Bob Huff deserves the PUBLIC'S thanks and eternal gratitude. He gives a damn. This is not over.

    If the SPACE HO had been listening it was said that this legislation will be introduced going forward in other committees. This was only the first step.

    The public will will this eventually. Down with the union whores!

    I was right when I said that immigration 'reform' was DOA, and that was proven today. I'll bet on this, too. Legislature is already in the process of drafting and it will be offered up in the next session. Unions went off the deep end one time too many. It's precisely because of that that they have sealed their fate.

    No short memories here. I guarantee it.

    The time is now to ban strikes forever. Everybody sign:

    http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/ban-bart-strikes.html

    Like

  13. Anyone who has been on strike knows what a hardship it is for all including the public, management and the workers.

    Fortunately, enough working folks have been willing to bear that hardship so that progress as the 40 hour work week, safer working conditions, overtime pay,child labor laws, living wages, the weekend and the right to strike have been secured for many of us.

    This right has created the middle class, which was instrumental in keeping our economy going as more of us were able to purchase the goods and services we needed and wanted. This middle class has started to shrink as the labor movement is weakened and our economy has weakened along with it.

    One of the biggest fights was over working conditions, particularly safety! A few years ago a BART employee needlessly lost his life as he inspected the tracks. There was not enough done to correct this and now two more employees have lost their lives needlessly. The lack of real leadership at BART, particularly their overpaid general manager Grace Crucican't, is quite distressing.

    Like

  14. The new G.M. at BART — she should be fired. She hired that tax payer rip off negotiator for $399,000, who took all that time off in the middle of negotiations and wouldn't settle the safety issues.

    Like

  15. As we return to the topic of BART:

    Our thanks to Grace Crunican, Joel Keller, of course our mentor Steve Glazer, and most of all John Q. Public.

    All of these folks care about the public not the entrenched interests. John, you've even inspired me to borrow your catch phrase, which I now proudly use as a bumper sticker on my wife's and my cars. Here's to you, John!

    Always for the public, and FUCK THE UNION WHORES!

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  16. Here's the truth:

    Tim Sbranti Wins Vote for Democratic Party Endorsement
    Near Unanimous Victory Awarded by AD 16 Party Delegates & Activists

    Fairfield – Assembly candidate Tim Sbranti decisively won today's Democratic Party endorsement by receiving 97% of the vote.

    “I want to start out by thanking everyone who took time out of their Sunday to participate in this process. This endorsement proves that the delegates and activists of this party care about the issues like I do, not political smoke and mirrors,” said Mayor Tim Sbranti. “This is a victory not only for me, but for everyone who has dedicated their time and energy to this Assembly campaign.”

    Because Sbranti received over 70% of the vote from local democrats, the endorsement bypasses a caucus vote at the State Convention and instead is placed on the Consent Calendar, a non-controversial vote on March 9, 2014.

    Those eligible to vote in today's caucus are the delegates to the California Delegate Party, representatives of a local democratic club or the members of the Alameda or Contra Costa County Democratic Parties who live in Assembly District 16.

    The California Democratic Party joins a diverse group of individuals and organizations throwing their support behind Sbranti. The California Teachers Association, California Nurses Association, California Faculty Association, Alameda County Building Trades, and Deputy Sheriffs Association of Alameda County along with State Superintendent Tom Torlakson, Congressman Eric Swalwell and AD 16 Incumbent Assemblymember Joan Buchanan have all endorsed Sbranti. See a full list of endorsements on his website.

    About Tim Sbranti: Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti brings 15 years as a classroom teacher, 8 years as a statewide leader for public education and 10 years of public service to the City of Dublin and to his candidacy for the California State Assembly. Sbranti's well-rounded and broad dedication to public service puts him in a unique position to take on the challenges as a Member of the California State Legislature that few can duplicate.

    Game over!

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  17. I stand by my statement that it won't happen through the legislature for the reasons cited. If it's going to happen, which I doubt, you better start the initiative process which will take a lot of money. Until the L.A. area is inconvenienced by a large mass transit strike that won't happen either. If you can get the Koch brothers or other conservative groups to kick in a few million the initiative might get off the ground. Better get started because they are pouring millions into other causes right now like Reed's pension initiative to change the California constitution in November 2014.

    Don't bet on it because people have short memories. Even DeSaulnier has backed away from his earlier position. There's not even close to enough votes to get it out of either the Assembly or Senate. It only inconvenienced some of us in the Bay Area and not for very long. A political science professor from San Diego said ” until it makes me late for work, it's hard to have a strong view.” Like it or not, I think he is correct.

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  18. CLCV Endorses Tim Sbranti for Assembly

    The Tim Sbranti for Assembly campaign continued to gain momentum today with an endorsement from the California League of Conservation Voters (CLCV). CLCV represents 30,000 members and has seven chapters across the state. Sbranti seeks to succeed Joan Buchanan who will finish her term at the end of this year, and also supports Sbranti.

    “Good environmental policy starts at the local level. Tim Sbranti has been a leader on issues such as air quality management, creating green jobs and improving public transportation. We trust his smart instincts on environmental issues, and think he will be a great addition to the State Assembly,” said David Allgood, Political Director CLCV.

    “Along with public education funding, environmental protection will be one of my top priorities in the State Assembly. The devastating drought our state currently faces illustrates the very real need for stronger conservation efforts throughout the State as well as efforts to educate the public on ways they can reduce their environmental impact. I look forward to tackling this and other pressing environmental issues in Sacramento,” said Sbranti.

    Dublin Mayor Tim Sbranti brings 15 years as a classroom teacher, 8 years as a statewide leader for public education and 10 years of public service to the City of Dublin and to his candidacy for the California State Assembly. Sbranti’s well-rounded and broad dedication to public service puts him in a unique position to take on the challenges as a Member of the California State Legislature that few can duplicate.

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  19. Anyone who has been on strike knows what a hardship it is for all including the public, management and the workers.

    Fortunately, enough working folks have been willing to bear that hardship so that progress as the 40 hour work week, safer working conditions, overtime pay,child labor laws, living wages, the weekend and the right to strike have been secured for many of us.

    This right has created the middle class, which was instrumental in keeping our economy going as more of us were able to purchase the goods and services we needed and wanted. This middle class has started to shrink as the labor movement is weakened and our economy has weakened along with it.

    One of the biggest fights was over working conditions, particularly safety! A few years ago a BART employee needlessly lost his life as he inspected the tracks. There was not enough done to correct this and now two more employees have lost their lives needlessly. The lack of real leadership at BART, particularly their overpaid general manager Grace Crucican't, is quite distressing.

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