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BART strike continues on 4th of July

  • Two BART strikers stand and look towards a long line of commuters working their way down California Boulevard to buses waiting to take them to San Francisco on the second day of the BART strike in Walnut Creek, Calif., on Tuesday, July 2, 2013. (AP Photo/The Contra Costa Times, Dan Rosenstrauch)

SAN FRANCISCO — Strike weary San Francisco Bay area commuters are getting a reprieve from crammed buses and bumper-to-bumper traffic thanks to the Fourth of July holiday as rail workers begin their fourth day of a walkout Thursday.

No agreement was announced as negotiations between Bay Area Rapid Transit agency officials and its two largest labor unions went late into the night Wednesday. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that talks adjourned but would resume later Thursday.

Both sides indicated progress was made during an overnight session a day earlier, but another day passed with no agreement announced.

Key issues in the labor dispute involving the nation's fifth-largest rail system include salaries, pensions, health care and safety.

Both sides hoped the ongoing talks would hasten an agreement that could get the trains running again.


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