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BART Workers Rally - Part 3
by Bill Carpenter (wcarpentx [at]
Thursday Jul 4th, 2013 5:07 PM
BART workers rally at 24th & Mission in San Francisco on June 25, 2013.
Christina Olague, President of the San Francisco Latino Democratic Club, and Shanell Williams, CCSF Student Trustee, speak.
Four-minute QT movie. 34MB.
Part 1: Setting-up & Leah Berlanga
Part 2: Sal Amanza & David Campos
Part 3: This is Pt. 3
Part 4: Olga Miranda & Tom Temprano

§Christina Olague
by Bill Carpenter Thursday Jul 4th, 2013 5:07 PM
What's Behind the BART Strike?
Alex Park
Mother Jones - July 1, 2013

Commuters were scrambling on Monday morning as the main transit system for one of the largest metropolitan regions in the US came to a halt because of a labor strike. Here's a closer look at what unionized workers are demanding and why you should care:

§Shanell Williams
by Bill Carpenter Thursday Jul 4th, 2013 5:07 PM
Why the BART Strike Happened
Randy Shaw
Beyond Chron - July 2, 2013

While the 2013 BART strike involves current disputes over wages, pensions and worker safety, its roots go back decades. BART management and its workforce have long had a poisonous relationship. The 90 day 1979 strike/lockout is the most obvious example, and despite the last strike occurring back in1997, bargaining always goes down to the wire with a work stoppage imminent. Why is this relationship so stormy? The chief reason is BART management’s historic insensitivity to its workers.

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by Register Peace & Freedom or Green
Thursday Jul 4th, 2013 6:28 PM
It is insulting to see Democratic Party politicians claiming to represent labor. The BART Board of Directors, all elected, are Democrats or Republicans, most likely mostly Democrats. While their parties are not given as this is a "non-partisan" position, you can read their biographies at

The fact is, you cannot get elected to anything in San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, Richmond and many other BART Board cities if you are a Republican.

The BART Board is obviously viciously anti-labor. The videos provided on this website with excellent worker interviews make that very clear.

The Democrats exist to make sure we never vote Red or Green. That is why they mouth a few decent phrases at election time, and when the occasion arises, claim to be pro-labor. Once elected, they carry out the same capitalist agenda as the Republicans as their party is a capitalist party, paid for by the same capitalist class.

The only 2 parties that are pro-labor are Peace & Freedom and Green. They need you to register now in their parties to stay on the ballot.

You can register now online at:

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