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Commuters were scrambling on Monday morning as the main transit system for one of the largest metropolitan regions in the US came to a halt because of a labor strike. Here’s a closer look at what unionized workers are demanding and why you should care:
Who’s on strike?
Workers for Bay Area Rapid Transit, more commonly known by its acronym BART. After contracts with the agency’s two largest unions, Service Employees International Union Local 1021 and the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1555, expired and renewal talks broke down, the unions announced they would strike. This morning, instead of reporting for work, BART employees picketed the rail system’s stations. It’s BART’s first strike since a six-day protest in 1997.