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BART Strike Will Be About Health Care Costs

BARTMany California commuters were inconvenienced earlier this summer when Bay Area Rapid Transit services were forcibly suspended for four and a half days at the hands of a union-led strike. This weekend, the Amalgamated Transit Union threatened to resurrect that strike if BART management officials refuse to adequately concede on hot-button issues, namely pensions, health care, and wages. Citing a 251% uptick in health care costs and a 152% uptick in pension costs over the last 12 and 10 years, respectively, BART is not compelled to further inflate the cost of labor. Although workers admittedly pay an extra $17 a month towards their health care benefits, the contribution far from compensates for the vast increase in payments that BART has seen over the last decade according to a report at www.policymic.com