East Bay Legislators Say Good-Faith Bargaining Must Underpin BART Negotiations

Friday, August 2, 2013

OAKLAND – In an op-ed appearing in the Bay Area News Group, State Assemblymembers Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley), and Rob Bonta (D-Oakland) addressed BART negotiations, calling for good-faith bargaining in order to reach a solution before the Sunday night deadline. The East Bay legislators highlighted workplace safety issues, missed revenue opportunities and the bargaining tactics of BART’s lead negotiator Thomas Hock. 

“Before the two sides lock heads again, it’s time for the Board to ask pointed questions about BART’s negotiating tactics, how it values safety and the potential for new revenue opportunities. Respect for the Bay Area working families who keep the trains running and get riders where they need to go needs to underpin these negotiations.

Meanwhile, we in the State Assembly have asked the Joint Legislative Audit Committee to investigate BART’s financial status. It’s time for the numbers to come out, so that we can ensure that taxpayer dollars are being properly spent.

With new information and a new perspective both sides have the opportunity to roll up their sleeves, bargain in good faith, and reach an agreement that provides all of us a stable and safe system.”

View the full column here: http://www.insidebayarea.com/opinion/ci_23779708/bart-must-bargain-good-faith-and-reach-fair

For more, visit Quirk’s Web site at the address below.
Elected in 2012, Bill Quirk brings his PhD in astrophysics and career as an educator and scientist to the State Assembly.  He is a member of the powerful Assembly Rules Committee and has been appointed to the Committees on Agriculture, Appropriations, Public Safety, and Utilities & Commerce.