Bay Area transit workers vow to strike in 72 hours

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Associated Press

Posted on August 1, 2013 at 9:03 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 2 at 12:02 AM

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Two San Francisco Bay Area transit unions are set to go on strike and shut down one of the region's major train systems if they don't reach agreement on a new contract.

Bay Area Rapid Transit's two largest unions issued a 72-hour strike notice Thursday evening. That means workers could be on strike for the Monday morning commute, likely creating a traffic nightmare.

BART is the nation's fifth-largest rail system and serves more than 400,000 commuters each weekday.

The unions went on strike last month, shutting down service for four days. They later agreed to extend their contracts until Sunday and continue negotiations.

Key sticking points in the labor dispute include pensions and health care costs.

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