I Stand With BART Workers
United in ONE FIGHT for a BETTER, SAFER BART for ALL
In the wake of Wisconsin, the Chicago teachers’ strike and other high-profile labor battles of recent years, the BART fight for a fair contract is already being seen as the next defining moment testing the strength and survival instincts of organized labor. It is a fight we cannot afford to lose.
That’s why BART workers represented by AFSCME 3933, ATU 1555 and SEIU 1021 are standing up and fighting back.
BART workers gave back $100 million to help the District weather the financial crisis. Now, BART Management and their union-busting chief negotiator are proposing a contract that drastically cuts the take-home pay of workers and ignores workers’ safety concerns.
If BART can get away with this while in the spotlight of the national media, the rest of us who have fought and struggled for a secure retirement, affordable healthcare, fair wages and a voice on the job are next.
BART WORKERS ARE BARGAINING FOR A SAFER BART
HELP THEM PREVENT ANOTHER BART STRIKE!
• BART workers are bargaining to improve safety and convenience for riders by:
— Pushing to reopen and staff station restrooms
— Working to improve lighting in tunnels and stations
— Blocking a proposal by BART management to eliminate the worker-management safety committee
— Bargaining for reasonable staffing levels and fair compensation. BART workers haven’t had a pay increase in 5 years.
• Repeated recommendations by BART safety workers for improved lighting in BART tunnels and stations have gone unheeded. Now BART workers are raising these concerns to policy makers and at the bargaining table, but BART management and their notorious union-busting chief negotiator Thomas Hock have publicly refused to negotiate on safety issues.
• In 2001, BART electrician Robert Rhodes was struck and killed by an oncoming train while working in the tunnel near the 24th station. BART safety workers say poor lighting prevented the driver from seeing Rhodes and stopping in time.
• Since staffing cuts in 2009, BART train operators and station agents have experienced a 43% increase in workplace injuries, in addition to an increase in violent attacks on riders and workers.
• Workers have been fighting to end discriminatory pay practices at BART since 2001. They’re demanding a fair class and comp system for professional and supervisory employees at BART that does not allow favoritism, damage recruitment efforts, or leads to a salary structure that discriminates against employees based on their race, gender, and age.
Stand in Solidarity with BART Workers
CALL THE BART BOARD OF DIRECTORS
TELL THEM BART WORKERS DESERVE A FAIR DEAL