Bring Your Daughters And Sons To Work Day was last Thursday, but there’s at least one local workplace where kids were unexpectedly banned: BART.
According to The Capricious Commuter, Antonette Bryant, president of Local 1555 of the Amalgamated Transit Union told the BART board “she was appalled and disappointed by a BART bulletin barring kids in train cabs and BART yards” directed at the day intended to expose children to their parents’ occupations.
According to Bryant, the memo was a new policy, as kids had previously been allowed to visit both train cabs and BART yards in years past. “Bryant said when she made inquiries,” reports The Capricious Commuter, “a management representative told her the bulletin was issued at the wishes of the BART board because of safety concerns.”
Another source told Bryant “BART was unhappy at getting a complaint from a rider upset at hearing a train operators’ child using the train intercom system to make one of the announcements about arrivals or destinations.”
All this was apparently news to the BART board, as SF Director Lynnette Sweet said she’d never even heard of the memo. BART management told the Board they’d look into it, and send them a, you guessed it, memo.
BART officials aren’t offering comment on the issue, but that, of course, doesn’t mean you can’t — here’s a poll!