Now this is Union news I like to hear. High approval, but acquiesce to the realities of the world. Fact is, there is less money collected. One can’t just go to the politicians and say, “hey, raise taxes so we can keep paying our employees”. The only options are; a: lay off a bunch of people and maintain pay at threat of reducing fare collection and possibly requiring MORE lay offs in the process or, b: decrease benefits and wages until a time when fares, collections, and other funding returns to their previous levels.
To me, this always seems like an inanely obvious solution, you go with the later. Simple reason is you don’t want to can people, NOBODY does no matter what the general populations’ opinion of companies is. Force reductions are at most, a temporary solution to anything in the economic activity of the world, and often times don’t work out in the long run for companies at all. The most rewarded entities are often those that can keep their workforce, maintain its enthusiasm and moral until heavy workload resumes.
I commend those agencies and ESPECIALLY companies around the country & world that can do this.
So hats off to BART for pulling their act together. Keep that ridership as high as possible, and don’t give anybody a reason to strike. Let logic prevail and get the job done.