CC Times: Orinda councilman goes station-to-station, trying to ban BART strikes

You may have seen Steve Glazer at the Walnut Creek BART Station. Or it could have been at the station in Lafayette. He's also made appearances at the Dublin and Pleasanton stations and had plans to visit Rockridge.

For the past 12 days, the Orinda councilman has waged a one-man campaign against a threatened strike by BART workers, handing out fliers and securing signatures for a petition that makes clear its intentions in the first sentence: "We, the undersigned, support state legislation to prohibit public transit workers, including BART, from striking ..."

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SF Chronicle: In transit-first Bay Area, strikes shouldn't be legal

In many metropolitan areas, a prohibition on strikes by transit workers - similar to the constraints on police and firefighters - might seem excessive and unfair. After all, a transit strike in some cities can be a manageable inconvenience for most people and businesses. 

It's different in the Bay Area.

Public policy made it so.

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BART Talks Deadlock: What Lies Ahead

Should transit employees in California be barred from walking off the job?

Orinda City Councilman Steve Glazer thinks so. He launched a petition late last month to push for legislation that does exactly that. 

With the BART strike — once again — snarling Bay Area traffic and inconveniencing hundreds of thousands of people, Glazer, who is running for a state Assembly seat and is a longtime adviser to Gov. Jerry Brown, said rider support for the proposal has soared in recent days as the threat of a strike loomed and then began today. Since union leaders announced the strike on Thursday afternoon, the petition has gained about 4,000 new signatures, Glazer said.

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SF Chronicle: BART, shutdown: Waiting for the apocalypses

What do you call waiting for the end of a partial government shutdown while waiting to see if Congress raises the debt limit while waiting to see if BART workers strike and AC Transit workers join them? Waiting for the apocalypses? Or: Bargaining bad.

In Washington, a rump group of Republicans preferred a grudge match over governing - and incurred the public's wrath. In the Bay Area, transit unions have made a similar mistake. By threatening to strike and ruin the commute for 400,000 BART riders, labor leaders have led the public to believe that BART workers think that riders work for BART labor, not the other way around.

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SF Chronicle: Democrat Steve Glazer risks union backlash

 

Steve Glazer has spent decades in California politics, most of it in jobs that didn't generate headlines - as a political strategist, longtime adviser to Gov. Jerry Brown and, most recently, city councilman in the prosperous East Bay suburb of Orinda. 

Now that he's running for an East Bay Assembly seat, however, Glazer is inviting the spotlight by pushing a cause no other serious Democratic politician has touched - a ban on transit worker strikes.

The wrenching negotiations over a BART contract have prompted calls from some Republicans in Sacramento to legally bar transit workers from walking off the job. Such proposals probably will go nowhere in a Legislature controlled by Democrats who rely on labor money and manpower to win elections. 

Changes in how Californians elect their legislators, however - and, Glazer insists, changes in voters' attitudes toward both parties - have the 56-year-old councilman confident he's on to something.

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SF Chronicle: BART unions and the Tea Party

At the Commonwealth Club last night, I asked the audience which side the audience would support in a BART strike. The answer was management by about nine to one. There was little love for the BART unions.

I have sympathy for any group of workers whose pay has stagnated. We are all in the same boat. But the public does not like being held hostage to a public transportation system which it generously funds.

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Sacramento Bee: California governor’s aide picks fight with unions

Steve Glazer has seen politics up close as a veteran campaign consultant, most notably as the manager of Jerry Brown’s comeback election as governor three years ago.

That familiarity, one might think, would breed contempt, but instead, Glazer yearns to join the ranks of the elected. He’s already an Orinda city councilman and wants to serve in the state Assembly.

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NBC: BART Negotiations Still Moving at Snail Pace

The countdown to a BART strike started at months, then went to weeks, and then to days. As Jodi Hernandez reports it is now down to hours.


CBS: Orinda Councilman Petitions For Ban On Transit Worker Strikes

ORINDA (CBS SF) — With the threat of another BART strike looming, an Orinda city councilman is pushing for legislation to ban transit workers from walking off the job.

Councilman Steve Glazer, a candidate for state Assembly and longtime advisor to Gov. Jerry Brown, launched a petition Thursday in favor of prohibiting transit worker strikes statewide.

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KRON 4: Orinda City Councilman Steve Glazer discusses petition to ban BART strikes

Orinda City Councilman Steve Glazer has announced a petition calling for a ban that would prohibit public transit workers from striking, including BART strikes. Steve Glazer joined us Saturday morning, Sept. 28, to talk about his petition.