Fatal BART Crash Provided Strong Evidence that Unions Were Right
On Saturday, untrained BART management drove a BART train that struck and killed maintenance workers.
Saturday’s fatalities offer compelling proof that such arguments are bogus — particularly when it comes to BART train drivers. The crash makes it crystal clear that BART train operators hold important jobs that require extensive training and skill. After all, the agency’s drivers hold the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in their hands each day. And this fact should been obvious all along.
Indeed, over the years, BART drivers have put together a strong safety record. BART train accidents are extremely rare. And this reality “isn’t based on luck, but the experience and skill of its workforce,” noted Patricia Schuchardt, a member of AFSCME in an op-ed published last month in the CoCo Times.
The chaos inside BART's communications center on Saturday also provides evidence that the agency’s communications employees — who are also on strike and so were not on the job — need to be well-trained and calm under fire. They, too, are valuable workers who cannot be simply replaced.