Re "BART unions authorize a strike" (Capitol & California, June 27): Suppose Rupert Murdoch owned Hetch Hetchy and told San Francisco he was shutting down our water until we increased rates. We would get out the National Guard to prevent disrupting our water supply.
If PG&E said no more electricity until we paid a huge deposit for each account -- same result.
Police and fire departments provide essential services as well and cannot refuse to work.
But BART provides an essential service and the union can strike and jeopardize the lives and well-being of thousands, perhaps millions, in the Bay Area! Is transportation an essential service? Should BART, MUNI and other transportation employees have the right to strike? Of course not.
The state is sovereign and can prohibit strikes of essential service workers. It should do so promptly.
-- Robert Starzel, San Francisco