The dot-com renaissance of Silicon Valley has exposed a growing rift between the haves and have-nots in the Bay Area. Those working in technology outfits that take residence in San Francisco are increasingly pricing out long-time residents who are forced to either pay higher rents or move away. Notably, while the Bay Area is rich in public transportation offerings, most of these employees instead use shuttle buses provided by their employers to reach their workplace and also use novel concepts such as Uber.
This brooding economic landscape has played a factor in the ongoing negotiations between BART employees and the district that operates the service, the former which recently rejected another proposal. The two sides remain far apart largely because the union representing employees perceives that they should gain from the recent uptick in the economy. Both sides could benefit from using a “final offer” arbitration process that proved successful for Major League Baseball, which invoked the concept during salary negotiations between MLB and players in 1973.