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Oct 22, 2013 7:45 PM by Associated Press

Transit labor clash resolved after deadly accident

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - It took months of tortured talks, two strikes and the deaths of two workers for San Francisco's transit rail workers and their employer to finally agree on a contract that got trains running again Tuesday.

The saga left commuters fuming and both sides bruised.

The tentative agreement between unions and Bay Area Rapid Transit came together quickly late Monday, just two days after a pair of transit workers were killed by a train being operated by a BART trainee.

The breakthrough came after the worker deaths in Walnut Creek on Saturday. By Sunday, union leaders said they were ready to make concessions.

By Monday, both sides agreed to sit down and a deal was struck in time to get limited train service running for the Tuesday morning commute.

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