Contacts: Claudia Briggs at 916-296-4087 or Mike Myslinski, 408-921-5769.
BURLINGAME -- Dean E. Vogel, president of the 325,000-member California Teachers Association, issued the following statement today in support of striking Bay Area Rapid Transit workers. The strike by Service Employees International Union 1021 and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555 is now entering its fourth day:
“The California Teachers Association stands in solidarity with the Bay Area Rapid Transit workers who are on strike for safety and improved service for BART passengers and workers. The working conditions for these workers are dangerous and getting worse. Many California students and educators use the public transit system and as educators we want to ensure the safety of students in and out of the classroom. We also recognize that these workers and their families took voluntary pay cuts to help offset budget cuts during the economic crisis. They now deserve fair compensation, healthcare and a secure retirement. We call on the BART Board of Directors to support a contract that honors the hard work of these transit workers and improves safety for riders and workers alike.”
As part of the National Education Association’s 92nd annual Representative Assembly meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, California educators today voted to support BART workers and their families. A formal new business item about the strike will be considered by the entire NEA Representative Assembly of nearly 9,000 U.S. educators this week. For more information, visit www.seiu1021.org.
The 325,000-member CTA is affiliated with the 3.2 million-member National Education Association.