In mid-July, local SEIU president Roxanne Sanchez warned the Bay Area Rapid Transit board of directors that they were facing “the bloodiest, longest strike since the 1970s” if the union’s demands weren’t met before the current contract expired on Aug. 4. Commuters in San Francisco were bracing for what they’ve been calling #BARTmageddon, but a strike has been averted for seven days while a three-person board appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown Sunday investigates the contract dispute.

The union received a publicity boost last week with a visit by actor and activist Danny Glover, who rallied BART workers as they prepared to walk off the job.

Frustrated commuters, however, have been fired up as well by the appearance of a website detailing the salaries of BART management, train operators and transit police.

Former general manager Dorothy Dugger was paid nearly $300,000 in salary in 2011, but also pulled in over a million additional dollars in a buyback of 80 weeks of unused vacation and sick time. That was an anomaly, but as SFGate.com reports, BART’s generous buy-back policy “can be a gold mine for all workers” — a single train operator’s total cost of employment in 2011 ran as high as $195,442 once benefits, overtime pay and pension contributions were factored in.

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Whether or not a strike is averted for good, one thing seems certain.