Re "BART strike ban would be bad policy" (Another View, Oct. 26): one could make the case that public safety was jeopardized during the strike due to the increase number of cars, buses, and ferries on the Bay Area's already choked traffic arteries.
We should look closely at the right to strike for public service unions. Union officials are keenly aware of their unique position and leverage they hold. Unlike unions within the private sector, public service unions face no pressure from competition. If they did, we would not have train operators earning half again what their counterparts do in nearby cities.
With no alternative, public officials often cave to unreasonable union demands, which we're enduring now in the form of unfunded pension liabilities. New York's Taylor Law may not be a perfect solution, but current rules are tipped heavily in favor of public service unions.
-- Kevin Doyle, Cool