From Brian Copeland on KGO:
"According to an inside source I have, what ATU says is true. The Union had agreed to terms for pay and benefits and then management threw an oppressive 11th hour demand in because management wants a strike.
They know that the public will blame the union and then take away the union's right to strike. This is all about breaking the union. That's why they brought in Thomas Hock. It's what he does.
Not only is Hock paid 400k, he has an ownership stake in buses that will be used to transport commuters during a strike.
This stinks to high heaven and the public needs to know the truth."
The sentiment I mentioned before "Fuck the rich ass BART workers" echoed with "I know 100 people who will do that job for less than what they get paid". That's exactly what the BART executives want. They want the unions to go away so they can pay people shit wages and longer hours. Conservatives and big business hate unions because it forces them to have a conscience, which isn't good for profits. While it may be inconvenient for you the commuting average Joe, just remember what unions are and what they have done for you. Ultimately, as far as I'm concerned the opposite of unions is slavery.