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Two workers killed by management-run train during Bay Area transit strike
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* The deaths of two maintenance workers make clear that in the midst of the Bay Area transit strike, management is seeking to carry out work with operators who are not sufficiently trained. * The unions, which are working to find a way of concluding the strike and pushing through a concessions contract, have refrained from laying any blame on management for the workers’ deaths. * The workers’ deaths take place in the midst of a ferocious smear campaign from Bay Area politicians and news outlets seeking to castigate BART workers as overpaid and selfish. The attack on the transit workers is part of an assault on the jobs and living standards of all workers, through California and across the country, backed by both Democrats and Republicans. * The unions have done nothing to mobilize the working class as a whole in defense of the BART workers, or to counter the propaganda from the media. * Any agreement along the lines proposed by the union would be intended as a face-saving gesture, allowing the union to declare “victory” and end the strike.

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