BART Trouble in California Leaves Management and Workers Uneasy

Due to unsafe and risky work conditions, BART workers have requested changes they may not receive

Employees of BART—the public transportation system in the Bay Area of California—continue to press for safer work conditions and higher pay. According to Mercury News, BART employees are still working out negotiations for a new contract with management, a process that has been going on for several months.

On Tuesday, Sept. 15, the Service International Union Local 1021 held a news conference in San Francisco to discuss the negotiations and address what safety concerns the workers have, some of which include plant life growing from underneath train tracks which can cause fire danger, improper lighting in underground tunnels and diseased trees near tracks poles that could fall on trains and cause derailment.

In 2011 and 2008, in fact, two workers died due to unsafe conditions on the tracks. Workers have requested a graveyard team who can remove unsafe vegetation and debris, but according to Mercury News this grant is unlikely to be fulfilled.

Governor Jerry Brown requested a 60-day cooling off period a month ago to prevent shutting down the BART system, which is set to expire on October 10. Over the last month, management has taken a break in negotiating—the opposite of what Brown wanted them to do.

The negotiations have been going on for just about six months. Workers have requested higher pay, pension contributions, higher healthcare premiums and safer work conditions, according to Mercury News. Workers want a 20% wage increase over the next few years, but management has only promised them a 10% increase.

Though BART workers had a four-and-a-half day strike in July, they returned to work and have tried to continue negotiating since then. Once the cooling off period ends, however, transportation officials are gearing up for another strike.

Download Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • Safety Management Software - Free Demo

    IndustrySafe Safety Software’s comprehensive suite of modules help organizations to record and manage incidents, inspections, hazards, behavior based safety observations, and much more. Improve safety with an easy to use tool for tracking, notifying and reporting on key safety data.

  • Create Flexible Safety Dashboards

    IndustrySafe’s Dashboard Module allows organizations allows you to easily create and view safety KPIs to help you make informed business decisions. Our best of breed default indicators can also save you valuable time and effort in monitoring safety metrics.

  • Schedule and Record Observations

    IndustrySafe's Observations module allows managers, supervisors, and employees to conduct observations on employees involved in safety critical behavior. IndustrySafe’s pre-built BBS checklists may be used as is, or can be customized to better suit the needs of your organization.

  • Why Is Near Miss Reporting Important?

    A near miss is an accident that's waiting to happen. Learn how to investigate these close calls and prevent more serious incidents from occurring in the future.

  • Get the Ultimate Guide to Safety Training

    When it comes to safety training, no matter the industry, there are always questions regarding requirements and certifications. We’ve put together a guide on key safety training topics, requirements for certifications, and answers to common FAQs.

  • Industry Safe
comments powered by Disqus

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - April 2019

    April 2019

    Featuring:

    • ELECTRICAL SAFETY
      Taking the Guesswork Out of De-Energizing Industrial Equipment 
    • VISION PROTECTION
      Four Simple and Effective Ways to Avoid Digital Eye Strain
    • FOOT PROTECTION
      PPE the Automotive Industry Needs to Invest In
    • FIRE SAFETY
      Eliminate 10 Fire Hazards That May Be in Plain Sight
    View This Issue