Residents rightfully were outraged by the union demands, the daily strike threats that left most commuters at bedtime uncertain whether trains would be running in the morning, and the walkout that gridlocked the region.
Calls to ban strikes will quiet as memories fade. But state lawmakers must not forget how the region was held hostage, and they must ensure that we don't repeat this dysfunctional dance in four years, when the new contract expires.
In the wake of last month's BART strike that ended after the agency's board sold out riders and taxpayers, the cry for banning transit worker walkouts Air Max Thea Joli Sneaker
Next, before bargaining, subject financial numbers to independent review. This could have avoided delays caused by workers' false belief that BART was hiding money.
But at what cost? The cure, if drafted poorly by the labor dominated state Legislature, could be worse than the ailment. Much discussion has focused on tying no strike provisions to binding arbitration when an impasse is reached. That's wrong and unnecessary.
If we could have a simple transit strike ban, we'd take it. But in this political environment, that's unlikely. And we certainly don't want change that further disadvantages riders and taxpayers.
We agree that transit workers should be barred, like police and firefighters, from striking especially in major metropolitan areas economically dependent on public transportation.
should have the final say.
BART strike ban could be worse the than the disease
Before opening this Pandora's box, try these simple ideas: First, daylight negotiations. It's absurd that BART has yet to reveal its deal, leaving people paying for it dependent on union information. Sunshine would help clean this dirty process.
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Rosaland (didn't want to give last name), of Hayward, walks the picket line during a noontime rally outside of the Lake Merritt BART station in Oakland, Calif., on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013. (Dan Honda/Bay Area News Group)
heavily weigh the financial effect on riders and taxpayers, and the financial stability of the transit system. And the process must not divide issues, instead recognizing, for example, that pay increases must be tied to more efficient work rules.
It's not just the principle of representative democracy that's at stake. If 2015 Air Max Mens Black we head down the arbitration path, unions and the legislators they control almost certainly will oppose essential provisions that would protect the public.
Finally, during negotiations, enforce the last contracts' no strike provisions. If workers want to continue collecting salaries and benefits, they should also be bound by restrictions of the last deal.
In California, where public safety workers cannot strike, most cities and counties do not offer arbitration, a process that turns over policy decisions to unelected lawyers often beholden to unions for their livelihoods. With taxpayer dollars and services at stake, the public, through its elected representatives, Nike Air Max Tavas Blue And Black
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