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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Raburn Hopes to Keep His Seat on BART

Lena Tam, left,  is challenging BART Board Director Robert Raburn. A third candidate, Lionel Larry Young, Jr. ran for Oakland mayor four years ago; finishing last. 
BART BOARD OF DIRECTORS | DISTRICT 4 | When a pair of BART strikes brought the Bay Area to a standstill last year, Robert Raburn, one of the transit agency's elected board members, found himself in an unfamiliar place. After years of leading the East Bay Bike Coalition to prominence, he had parlayed his progressive credentials into a seat on the BART board in 2010. But during the tumultuous 2013 labor dispute between BART management and its striking unions, Raburn sided with management and was suddenly no longer viewed as being quite so progressive. And that decision could cost him his seat this fall on the BART Board of Directors, representing Alameda and portions of Oakland and San Leandro. Organized labor is now strongly backing his challenger, Alameda city Councilmember Lena Tam.

In some politically moderate regions of the Bay Area, political races have focused in part this year on whether BART unions should be banned from going on strike, but that question has barely registered a mention in this liberal district. Raburn, Tam, and a third candidate, Lionel Larry Young, Jr. who ran for Oakland mayor in 2010, all believe that banning transit workers from striking is a bad idea. And they agree that the best way to limit the likelihood of a strike in the future is by fostering better communication between labor and management before contract negotiations begin. Yet despite their agreement on these issues, there is no doubt that Raburn's policy positions during the BART strike last year are the main issue of contention in this race.

"This last year was bitter in that I feel like I was unfairly labeled" as being anti-union, said Raburn in an interview. He said the six-month ordeal last year was the "most intense moment" of his life. Raburn said he felt intimidated by the anger that emanated from both sides of the dispute. "It's not like you're elected just to serve the passengers and your constituents, you have these two bodies— management and labor — that want something from you." Raburn said his goal during negotiations was simply to gain a long-term, sustainable plan for BART. Union officials, though, contend that Raburn betrayed them. "I became persona non grata real fast with the union because I didn't say, 'Oh, I'll watch your back.' I said, 'No, I'm going to listen to all sides.'"...

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28 comments :

Vote ALL BART Directors who are incumbents out. They helped cause a strike that cost me time and money. Robert Raburn was one who hired a negotiator that caused strikes every where he went. Raburn was part of the problem. Lena Tam will be part of the solution and my family will vote for her.

Raburn needs to go. Another elected official who screws things up & makes excuses.

Robert Raburn helped cause the strike. It's Lena Tam for me. They need new people on the BART Board.

Can never vote for someone who caused me to be late for work like raburn. Will vote out the incumbent and vote for Lena Tam

Tam is a termed out shill for the unions who robs taxpayers blind.

A vote for her is for the special interests. Bob Raburn is the candidate who will be on the side of the public for sure.

They never had any strikes in Alameda when Tam was on the City Council Board because they knew how to work with employees instead of throwing stones at them. Alameda is one of the best run cities around. I'll take someone like Lena Tam any day over the inept Robert Raburn.

Just mailed in my ballot and voted for Lena. Thank you 11:54

Can never vote for someone who caused me to be late for work like Raburn. Will vote out the incumbent and vote for Lena Tam.

Tam is a termed out shill for the unions who robs taxpayers blind.

A vote for her is for the special interests. Bob Raburn is the candidate who will be on the side of the public for sure.

They never had any strikes in Alameda when Tam was on the City Council Board because they knew how to work with employees instead of throwing stones at them. Alameda is one of the best run cities around. I'll take someone like Lena Tam any day over the inept Robert Raburn.

Tam is a termed out shill for the unions who robs taxpayers blind.

A vote for her is for the special interests. Bob Raburn is the candidate who will be on the side of the public for sure.

Can never vote for someone who caused me to be late for work like Raburn. Will vote out the incumbent and vote for Lena Tam.

Tam is a termed out shill for the unions who robs taxpayers blind.

A vote for her is for the special interests. Bob Raburn is the candidate who will be on the side of the public for sure.

They never had any strikes in Alameda when Lena Tam was on the City Council because they knew how to work with employees instead of throwing strikes at them. Alameda is one of the best run cities around. I'll take someone like Lena Tam any day over the inept Robert Raburn who helped cause the last strike!

I like Lena Tam a lot and will vote for her because she is able to bring people together rather than divide them like Rayburn.

We just cast our absentee votes for Mr. Raburn since he cares about the riders and not the special interest union thugs who caused the strike. Tam is their puppet.

We just cast ours for Lena Tam who finds solutions, so strikes don't happen. Raburn caused the last strike with his lack of skill and stubbornness.

Thanks 8:45--will follow your cogent advice.

My household of six just cast our absentees for Raburn. We could never support a union stooge who puts the special interests above the public good.

Rayburn is definitely the people's choice!

Not in our household. We love Lena Tam for her thoughtful approach and voted for her. Raburn's lack or skill was directly responsible for the Bart strike.

Thanks 8:45--will follow your cogent advice.

My household of six just cast our absentees for Raburn. We could never support a union stooge who puts the special interests above the public good.

Rayburn is definitely the people's choice!

We just cast ours for Lena Tam who finds solutions, so strikes don't happen. Raburn caused the last strike with his lack of skill and stubbornness.

We all know that it's union sluts who go on strike. Boss ho Tam is their stooge.

We'll take clean Bob Raburn BART 2014!

He's the people's choice!!

I like Lena Tam a lot and will vote for her because she is able to bring people together rather than divide them like Rayburn.

Anon 1:18
When Lena Tam was on the Alameda City Council there were no strikes. She works with everyone to reach solutions not like Raburn who voted to cause a strike. That's why most of us will vote for Lena, and not someone like your candidate, who is supported by a sexist pig.

There were no strikes on the council, bitch, because ho Tam gave the unions everything and more. That's why Alameda is in such dire straits. What a shill you are!

We all know that it's union sluts who go on strike. Boss ho Tam is their stooge.

We'll take clean Bob Raburn BART 2014!

He's the people's choice!!

They never had any strikes in Alameda when Lena Tam was on the City Council because she knew how to work with employees instead of throwing strikes at them. Alameda is one of the best run cities around. I'll take someone like Lena Tam any day over the inept Robert Raburn who helped cause the last BART strike!

They never had any strikes in Alameda when Lena Tam was on the City Council because she knew how to work with employees instead of throwing strikes at them. Alameda is one of the best run cities around. I'll take someone like Lena Tam any day over the inept Robert Raburn who helped cause the last BART strike!

NO more BART strikes. Will vote for Lena Tam, and so will everyone who knows Raburn was a Board member who helped cause the last strike with his stubbornness and lack of respect for us BART riders.

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