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BART on strike: San Fran trains shut down

NEED TO KNOW
  • No deal after nearly 30 hours of negotiations
  • No new talks are scheduled
Roxanne Sanchez, left, president of Service Employees International Union Local 1021, left, speaks during a news conference on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit workers may go on strike at midnight unless management agrees to enter into arbitration to resolve a remaining issue, a union leader said Thursday.

Trains in San Francisco are officially shut down, which means hundreds of thousands could face a messy commute Friday.

A worker strike began just after midnight local time after an impasse between Bay Area Rapid Transit officials and unions over salaries and pensions. Transit workers want a nearly 16% raise, while BART has offered them 12%.

More from HLN affiliate KTVU: Bay area commuters brace for BART strike

The latest round of negotiations lasted nearly 30 hours. There are currently no new talks scheduled.

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