The big question on the minds of most San Francisco Bay Area residents is whether there will be a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) strike tomorrow, Tuesday, October 15, 2013.
As of 11 p.m. Monday, neither side could answer that question. Negotiations were still underway. Neither side was optimistic about a settlement.
BART has offered workers 4% annual cost of living increases, but the unions have said that is not enough. BART and the unions are being tight-lipped about the latest offers on the table.
Are BART workers overpaid?
The workers say absolutely not. They say they are highly trained and deserve more money to work in the costly San Francisco Bay Area.
But many have argued that BART workers are overpaid A Bay Area News Group story found that BART workers and their supervisors are paid much more than other government agencies with a similar skill set.
The article noted, "While BART and its unions fight over employee pay raises with another strike looming in a week, a new analysis by this newspaper reveals the rail line's workers already have bigger paychecks than any of their peers."
BART jobs in demand
The San Francisco Chronicle noted that because of BART's high salary and benefits, it is harder to get a job at BART than to get admitted to Harvard. The Chronicle noted that like Harvard, the only educational requirement to get a job at BART is a high school education.
"No matter how the BART strife is resolved, the odds of being hired as a train driver, station agent or janitor at the transit agency will still be worse than getting into Harvard," the Chronicle reported.
What do you think? Do BART workers deserve more? Do you think they should strike if they don't get it? Leave you comments below.