Aug 5, 2013 6:06 PM by Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Union employees of a San Francisco Bay Area bus system say they will walk off the job this week if they don't reach a contract deal.
The Amalgamated Transit Union Local 192 issued a strike notice on Monday. The union represents about 1,800 Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District bus operators, mechanics, and dispatchers.
Union spokeswoman Margaret Hanlon-Gradie says the union plans to go on strike at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday.
The news comes as the Bay Area Rapid Transit agency and its train workers remain locked in a contract dispute.
Hanlon-Gradie says the union and AC Transit are at odds over the hiring of part-time workers and health and safety issues. A call to AC Transit was not immediately returned.
AC Transit carries about 175,000 passengers every weekday, mostly in the East Bay. It was vital during last month's BART strike.