I don't remember the details of the last strike, but for this possible upcoming strike, I've been looking at the numbers and it just doesn't make sense. BART is in deed facing a deficit. BART union workers make a helluva lot of money for what they do, even more than most the the riders. Yet they insist a strike is in order? I'm sorry, but inconvienencing the working force who don't whine for pay raises as often as the unions do and creating gridlock on the region's freeways and byways all because you think you deserve more money (more from what is a lot to begin with) seems kinda selfish to me. Unions really don't care for those they really serve for. They only bitch and whine about what management's doing wrong and feel that it's in their infinte power to show who has the upper hand in how things should be run.
Out of all the things that have been reported in the media, I have not encountered any substantial statements or remarks defending the unions. BART has placed the real facts and financial figures on a website they've created, but I haven't found any figures from the unions. Why one would ask? Maybe because they're relying on pure propoganda rhetoric to defend themselves and their actions. You can back things up with some snazzy rhetoric, but numbers truely show a bigger picture in this particular case.
It's 1 AM now, the original midnight deadline was delayed to 12:30 the last minute, and now the anouncement has been delayed to 1:30 now. This is all fucking ridiculous, I tell you!