BART Trains Stop Running at Midnight. BART Union Negotiations Go On Forever.

You know how BART is going to run 24 hours during Labor Day weekend while the Bay Bridge is closed? Well, maybe not! How about zero hours?

A strike — and the idea of a Dunkirk-like fleet of small boats being required to move folks across the Bay — is once again a possibility. While BART's largest union, the SEIU Local No. 1021 enthusiastically posted its 75 percent ratification of the transit agency's labor proposal online yesterday, the Amalgamated Transit Union No. 1555 did not bother to self-report its overwhelming spurning of the deal. Make of that what you will. Yeah, it was late — but Twittering doesn't require vast expenditures of effort.

Even the French are growing less sympathetic with transportation strikes these days. You don't have to be an oracle to predict that with both the private and public sector shedding jobs and BART train operators earning healthy salaries, the public will not be getting behind potentially striking transit workers in solidarity. People are not in a charitable mood these days — ask charities.

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