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This lesson is about the San Francisco Bay transportation system and how the employees were on strike. The lesson brings up topics such as How are people getting to work while BART is on strike? Make a list of all forms of transportation one can substitute for BART services. What do you suppose happened to the price of the other forms of transportation during the strike?

KEY CONCEPTS

Goods, Services

INTRODUCTION

Follow these links for information on the BART strike as you think about
the questions below.

RESOURCES

  • A Comprehensive Listing of Web-Related Resources:  This UC-Berkely page provides a library of labor and economic news.
    [EEL-link id='2367' title='iirl-labor-economic-news.blogspot.com/2005_06_01_archive.html' ]
     
  • A Live View of the San Francisco Bay Bridge:  This SFGate page provides a large number of camera angles of the city of San Francisco, including the Bay Bridge.
    [EEL-link id='2' title='sfgate.com/liveviews/' ]
     
  • Local News and Live Camera Coverage: This site provides current news from the San Francisco Bay area.
    [EEL-link id='3627' title='ktvu.com/bayinsider/index.html' ]

PROCESS

  1. What is BART?
  2. What forms of transportation are part of BART?
  3. How are people getting to work while BART is on strike?
  4. Make a list of all forms of transportation one can substitute for
    BART services.
  5. What do you suppose happened to the price of the other forms of transportation
    during the strike?
  6. Why do you think over 260,000 commuters choose BART as their form of  transportation to work?

EDUCATOR REVIEWS

  • “It was a great way to introduce the concept of labor unions and strikes. The video clips were great visuals to get my ESL learners to understand what was happening.”

    Jennifer M.   POSTED ON May 15, 2007

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