Hard to see striking BART workers as particularly oppressed if, as reported on KQED's blog, news fix: "The data shows employees from the two striking unions make around $78,000 to $81,000, including overtime."
BART workers have demanded a 4.5 percent annual pay hike and an annual 2.2 percent cost of living adjustment---a raise of more than 20 percent over three years. "I think it hasn't sunk in with them that the Bay Area has suffered considerably over this period of time," [General Manager Grace]Crunican said. While most workers pay an average of 30 to 40 percent for their medical benefits, she said, BART workers pay an average of 5 percent, Crunican said. "We're trying to get them to pay for their benefits---and at the same time, they're asking for a raise," she said...
Okay, that's the sort of thing that management always says during a strike.
But a closer look at the numbers---also linked by KQED---on this page in the Contra Costa Times isn't likely to make even pro-labor Bay Area commuters particularly sympathetic.
Out of the mud grows the lotus. The Bicycle Coalition thinks this is a good time to experience "the world and joys of bike commuting":
While the entire Bay Area awaits word on the BART Strike, we are doing our part to help keep San Franciscans rolling by encouraging people to try biking to work. If your coworker, friend or family feels inconvenienced by this strike, now is the perfect time to encourage them to consider biking. If possible, offer to ride to work with them to help ease them into the world and joys of bike commuting. Do you need to cross the bay with your bike? Check out our Bike the Strike page to find alternatives for combining bikes and other transit options. Happy pedaling!