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BART standoff continues as board modifies contract

The BART Board of Directors voted 8-1 on Nov. 21, with conservative young Director Zakhary Mallett in dissent, to approve a hard-won contract with...

BART board approves labor contract, minus the district’s “mistake” UPDATED

November 21, 2013
The BART Board of Directors has voted 8-1, with conservative young Director Zakhary Mallett in dissent, to approve a hard-won contract with its unions,...

BART “mistake” threatens its contract agreement with workers UPDATED

November 15, 2013
Just when it appeared the ugly contract impasse between BART management and workers was over — a divisive struggle that resulted in two debilitating...

Small number enroll in health insurance exchange

November 13, 2013
Covered California, the state-run health insurance exchange established under the Affordable Care Act, released its first set of enrollment data today (Wed/13), providing an...

BART’s safety culture slammed at Assembly hearing

BART was slammed by legislators and its workers on Nov. 7 for refusing to make a key worker safety improvement demanded by state regulators since a...

BART’s safety culture slammed at Assembly hearing

November 7, 2013
BART was slammed by legislators and its workers today for refusing to make a key worker safety improvement demanded by state regulators since a...

Hearing to probe safety at BART and issues related to recent tragedy

November 6, 2013
The Assembly Committee on Labor and Employment will hold a hearing in San Francisco tomorrow (Thu/7 at 10am) looking at workplace safety issues in...

Meister: OK, Nike, pay up!

November 6, 2013
     By Dick Meister Guardian columnist Dick Meister is a longtime Bay Area journalist. He can be reached at www.dickmeister.com, which includes several hundred...

Media let BART slide

BART continues to stonewall important questions about whether it was training scab drivers to break the recent strike by its unions when its trainee-driven...

Bike Share in SF is expanding, but “never” on the west side

This post has been updated with new information Nov. 5. The Bay Area’s shiny new Bike Share program is ready to expand, and in early...

Mayor Ed Lee’s committee gives $10,000 that it doesn’t have to the 8 Washington project UPDATED

November 1, 2013
Mayor Ed Lee presents himself as a model of fiscal responsibility, but the Mayor Ed Lee for San Francisco Committee that he...

Media misses connection between BART tragedy and settlement

October 30, 2013
BART continues to stonewall important questions about whether it was training scab drivers to break the recent strike by its unions when its trainee-driven...

Gilded Age of Austerity breaks down

Contemplating the federal government shutdown, strikes by Bay Area transit agencies, and political dysfunction

Tragedy follows strike

Two workers killed by BART train the district was using on a "training run," despite safety warnings from the striking unions

Lessons of the BART standoff

EDITORIAL BART and its unions reached a tentative deal on new contracts late Monday (10/21) night, the next day restoring service that had been disrupted...

BART reaches tentative deal with unions, ending the strike

October 22, 2013
The BART strike ended this morning — the second four-day strike of the current labor contract impasse, both of which hobbled the  Bay Area’s...

Train that struck and killed two BART workers was operated by trainee

October 21, 2013
National Transportation Safety Board investigator James Southworth confirmed at a press conference on the afternoon of Oct. 21 that the train that struck two...

BART workers say the district deliberately caused the strike

Photos by Tim DawMembers of BART’s three striking unions gathered, rallied, and picketed outside the Lake Merritt BART station in Oakland for much of...

BART on strike after talks break down UPDATED

October 17, 2013
Buckle up, Bay Area, BART workers go on strike at midnight. After intense negotiations over the last few days, the two sides have failed...

The Gilded Age of Austerity and the breakdown of civil society

October 15, 2013
Is this the week that civil society in the US finally collapses? It’s starting to feel that way. Most of the federal government is...

BART negotiations continue as unions withhold strike threat UPDATED

October 8, 2013
With the 60-day cooling off period ordered by Gov. Jerry Brown coming to an end on Thursday, raising the specter of another Bay Area...

Endorsements 2013

Stop the 8 Washington project! No, no, no on B, no on C, yes on A, re-elect Hererra. Our guide to the Nov. 5 elections

Project Censored

Annual media watchdog list critiques coverage of whistleblowers and wealth gaps -- and the notion of journalistic objectivity

The great divide

Robert Reich breaks down the economic breakdown in 'Inequality for All'