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Jul 4, 2013 6:27 PM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

SF Bay area rail talks resume as strike goes on

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Striking San Francisco Bay Area rail workers and transit agency officials have returned to the bargaining table for talks that one union leader described as "frustrating."

Joe Bomberger with the Service Employees International Union told reporters as he entered the negotiating site in Oakland Thursday that Bay Area Rapid Transit officials were not "substantially addressing" any of the safety concerns that the unions have for the public and workers.

Bomberger was then pulled away by another union official. The two sides have been told by a state mediator not to speak to the media.

The strike is in its fourth day, though commuters got a reprieve thanks to the Fourth of July holiday.

BART is the nation's fifth largest rail system and carries about 400,000 commuters each weekday.

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