BART Wants To Know How Much You Get Paid

BART is polling its passengers as part of its labor talks.

By Chris Roberts
|  Thursday, Jun 27, 2013  |  Updated 3:09 PM PDT
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Are you doing well these days, financially? Tell BART all about it.

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BART can't tell you if its trains will be running Monday, the morning after its workers' contract expires, but BART wants you to tell it something: How much money are you making?

BART management is maintaining a website during its labor negotiations ahead of the June 30 date when its contracts with its labor unions expire.

BART is informing riders that its employees don't pay into their pension plans and pay only $92 a month for healthcare.

Sounds good, right? But there's more: "Your fares and tax dollars are paying for it," BART says. Now, it doesn't sound so good.

"TELL US what you are paying for your healthcare and pension," BART says on BARTLabornews.com. "Our goal is to bring our benefit package in line with what others get."

BART has about 400,000 passengers a day, people who will need another way to work if negotiations between the transit agency and its union employees fail over the next few days, which would lead to the first BART strike since 1997.

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