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BART Director Says 'Labor Negotiations... Have Been Harsh'

In an opinionated letter to constituents Zachary Mallett says the system must focus on maintenance and curb "outlandish benefits."

In the third of three notes to constituents in Pinole and Hercules, BART Director Zachary Mallett says "labor negotiations at BART have been harsh . . . a sticking point in the current negotiations is a weighing between BART changing its past practices of not investing in system maintenance and asset management vs. turning the boat on its long-standing past practices of offering expensive and outlandish benefits to employees vs. providing employees wage increases."

In Part I and Part II of his constituent report, Mallett detailed BART's financial liability and the wage and benefit packages for employees.

Read the rest of his third installment by clicking here.

What do you think about the issues? Leave a comment below.

Jessie July 03, 2013 at 10:49 AM
I am not a union member, but I would like to know how much $ the board of directors make and the salaries of each and all of management. This is to be divided by the # of hours each puts in. I bet the board of directors salary is in the 6 digit figure for a month of work. I know people who are on boards and their salary is in the 6 digit and they only work 2 days a quarter. The board needs to come clean before they talk about someone else's salary. However, I feel they are all over paid. Come on guy's help the public who pay for your exorbitant wages. We work to, just not, for a government sponsored union. THANKS MR. BROWN, YOU SET THIS UP IN YOUR LAST GOVERNORSHIP.
SalthePlumber July 03, 2013 at 11:06 AM
Interesting reading. How do you subscribe to Director Mallett's newsletter?
Joe Trevors July 04, 2013 at 01:39 PM
I have a question for you to consider. Does anyone ask the Union people where the money is to fund their demands? Do they care that it is the people, the taxpayers pay for BART whether they use BART or not. There should no pension unless the employees pay for it. Social Security is pre-funded. Every responsible wage earner pays into it. With the Union the employee pays nothing. Where will they steal the money to fund the pensions? When was it decided for the BART employees to not use Social Security? Who decided they would pay nothing for their pensions?
Joe Trevors July 04, 2013 at 01:44 PM
One more comment to Jessie. You are not comparing the wages of the BART worker to other transit workers in the U.S. Are not the current BART wages the highest in the nation? Comparing their wages to management (who are dishonestly giving themselves enormous salaries & benefits). It is true the managers of BART are thieves. The entire BART system is corrupt. Why does not BART prepay their pensions?


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