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    San Francisco Transit Workers on Strike

    Demonstrators hold signs in support of striking Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) workers outside Lake Merritt Station in Oakland, California October 18, 2013. Commuter rail workers in the San Francisco Bay Area walked off their jobs on Friday after talks on a new contract broke down over workplace rules, throwing the morning commute into chaos in the traffic-clogged Northern California region. The walkout by Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) workers shut down a rail system that carries about 400,000 passengers a day, transporting commuters back and forth between Oakland, San Francisco and outlying suburbs. REUTERS/Stephen Lam (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT TRANSPORT) - RTX14G8T

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    A midnight strike by San Francisco’s Bay Area Rapid Transit workers has disrupted the commutes of over 400,000 riders, causing heavy traffic delays. This despite the fact that the strikes took place on a Friday, the lightest commute workday, signaling that much worse will come on Monday. This is the second time this year BART workers have gone on strike after contract negotiations went past their deadline without a deal. Both sides were close to an agreement on wages, health insurance and pensions, but could not agree on management’s demand for more control over work rules, scheduling, overtime pay and how paychecks get delivered.

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