SF Bay Area rapid transit bargaining talks resume

In this Tuesday, June 25, 2013 file photo, Jeanette Sanchez holds a sign supporting Bay Area Rapid Transit workers as she waits for a train at the 24th Street Mission station in San Francisco. Early Monday, July 1, 2013, two of San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit's largest unions went on strike after weekend talks with management failed to produce a new contract. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
In this Tuesday, June 25, 2013 file photo, Jeanette Sanchez holds a sign supporting Bay Area Rapid Transit workers as she waits for a train at the 24th Street Mission station in San Francisco. Early Monday, July 1, 2013, two of San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit's largest unions went on strike after weekend talks with management failed to produce a new contract. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Negotiators for Bay Area Rapid Transit and its rail workers are back at the bargaining table hoping to end a strike that has snarled San Francisco commutes.

Josie Mooney, a chief negotiator with SEIU Local 1021, said she’s hopeful about the latest round of talks that began Wednesday in Oakland.

Negotiators said they made progress during overnight talks that ended early Wednesday.

Key issues involve salaries, pensions, health care and safety.

The strike is in its third day. Heavy morning rush-hour traffic lightened considerably by midday as the holiday approached.

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