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Aug 5, 2013 6:06 PM by Associated Press

SF Bay Area bus drivers give strike notice

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.

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