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San Francisco Strike Has Commuters Scrambling

Hundreds of thousands of San Francisco area commuters are scrambling to get to their destinations on Monday, after the Bay Area Rapid Transit system (BART) went on strike for the first time since 1997.

Each side accuses the other of throwing in the towel early on negotiations, even after Governor Jerry Brown asked them to return to the negotiating table over the weekend.

Disputes center around economic issues: wages, contributions to pensions and health insurance payments.

Guest:

  • Aarti Shahani, reporter for KQED in San Francisco, which is a member of the Here and Now Contributor’s network. She tweets @aarti411.

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This image on the Bay Area Rapit Transit (BART) website announces the service cancellation due to the strike. (bart.gov)
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This image on the Bay Area Rapit Transit (BART) website announces the service cancellation due to the strike. (bart.gov)

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