SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — The unions on strike at BART say that a number of Bay Area politicians have offered to help end the dispute. But a BART representative said the agency is relying on state mediators to bring the two sides together.
There’s a reason why.
The Service Employees International Union is a powerful union and big in the Democratic Party, so they will call on their allies — which includes just about every lawmaker in Northern California.
So they put out letters that say in effect “let’s get talking.”
That is just one of their forms of leverage to get the political power behind them.
The flip side, however, is that there are constituents out there — especially in the suburban areas — sending their district representatives e-mails saying something like, “Why don’t you do what Ronald Reagan did and fire them all and let’s just replace them? If they don’t like it, get rid of them.”