Picture a job where one only needs a high school diploma and clean driving record. Then picture the job with an average salary of $63,000. But wait, add to that job an average of $14,000 annually in overtime. Then throw in around $40,000 in benefits, including a pension package that you don’t contribute to at all. Subtract $92 a month in health care.
Now ask for a 23% raise.
Welcome to a BART train operator!
Low health care costs, no pension payment, making more than I make now PLUS tens-of-thousands in overtime….and you want a 23% raise? Me and my degree would like a raise. So would me and my “overtime” with students. Oh, and me and my pension would like a break as well. Along with me and my $350 a month health care cost. I would like to drive that train all the way to economic prosperity.
Nope. No love for striking BART workers from this union member. Sure, I’m all for a fair day’s work at a fair day’s wage. But these guys are doing a fantastic job playing the part of the greedy public worker who wants a lot more than their actual worth, and is willing to destroy urban transportation in the process. Nicely done. More reasons for the public to hate us.