Despite high anticipation for a resolution, BART workers have gone on strike for the second time this year after negotiation between management and the union broke down.
The root cause was BART managements request to change a series of work rules and incorporating new technology in the basic administrative operations. This would have replaced fax machines with email, eliminating paper paycheck stubs and automated most of the administrative work.
However the union was opposed to these changes which lead to the breakdown of the negotiations. So basically the Bay Area has to endure a second BART strike because of the unions desire to cater to the luddites within their organization.
Yes, luddit as in a person who refuse to adopt new technology into their lifestyle. To live in the Bay Area and not knowing the basic understandings of a computer is the equivalent of being illiterate in America, its embarrassing and one should be ashamed of themselves.
All this time commuters have felt prolonged negotiations had to do with benefits and pay but instead its an issue so shocking that even a well informed resident should loss all sympathy for the striking workers.
The year is 2013 and BART is the lifeblood of the Bay Area, a community dominated by the tech industry while gaining access to a computer is very easy.
Transit systems in major metropolitan have begun the process of automating a lot of the administrative tasks to make the system more efficient. For a BART worker to be fearful of simple technology is actually very embarrassing. If a nine year old could work a smartphone then a 50 year old should have no trouble accessing their email.
People were at risk of losing their jobs but the union could have negotiated to have those impacted by the change be reassigned to another department of BART. Instead they brought on a strike just to preserve an outdated system of operations.
The average commuter may be sympathetic towards the unions need to protect middle class jobs but no on is going to support a strike to protect the needs of someone too stupid to work a computer. The last time BART workers went on strike, both management and the union were blamed for the breakdown of negotiations. This time the blame goes to the union for misplacing its priorities.