Officials say 3rd day of strike likely

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Associated Press

Posted on July 3, 2013 at 1:04 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 3 at 2:02 AM

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Transit officials say San Francisco Bay area commuters should prepare for a third day of transit disruptions as labor discussions with rail workers have not yet yielded an agreement.

With talks going on throughout evening, the Bay Area Rapid Transit agency said late Tuesday there was no indication striking workers would return Wednesday.

Talks resumed after political pressure mounted for a settlement.

The governor sent two of the state's top mediators — the chair of the Public Employment Relations Board and the chief of the State Mediation and Conciliation Service — to facilitate further talks.

Still, commuters faced a third day of heavy traffic, and crowded buses and ferries.

The striking unions and management reported being far apart on key issues including salary, pensions, health care and safety.

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