May 1, 2012 11:51 AM by Associated Press, MN
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Officers with helmets and batons have lined the Golden Gate Bridge, as May Day protests get underway in the San Francisco Bay area.
Protesters had backed away from a call to block the bridge. But scores of California Highway Patrol officers nonetheless lined the span and gathered around the toll plaza on Tuesday morning.
A couple of protesters with signs stood nearby, but did not disrupt traffic.
Golden Gate Ferry service, meanwhile, was shut down as Golden Gate Bridge District ferry workers went on strike.
Union officials say the workers have been without a contract since July 2011 and are in a dispute over health care coverage.
At least 50 workers picketed outside the Larkspur ferry terminal on Tuesday morning. They were joined by several Occupy protesters.
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