Re "California cannot allow BART strike to drag on and on" (Editorial, Oct. 19): BART employees are already the highest paid public transit workers in the state. BART train operators average $61,000 per year in base pay, $17,000 in overtime, and $50,000 in benefits. One operator grossed $155,000 last year.
BART operators do not operate the trains; they announce stations and monitor the closing of the doors. By comparison, the average pay for a truck driver in California is $58,000, with much lower benefits.
Truck drivers actually operate a large vehicle and deal with many problems and risks. It is a skilled and often dangerous job. BART operators make more because their union has the power to shut the whole transit system down. Our politicians receive millions from the unions involved in this strike, and will no doubt pressure BART management to cave in.
-- Rick Scott, Carmichael