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Transit drivers walk off the job in Milwaukee County

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MILWAUKEE (AP) - Tens of thousands of people who use the Milwaukee County Transit System to reach their destinations will have to make alternative plans.

Some 750 union bus drivers, plus mechanics, are on strike after failing to reach a labor contract agreement with transit officials. The county buses deliver 150,000 passenger rides each day.

Bus service ended at 3 a.m. Wednesday when drivers and mechanics stopped working and began picketing. Amalgamated Transit Union Local 998 leaders say the strike will last until Saturday.

Riders, including 20-year-old Tashanita McCall are left without a low-cost transportation alternative. McCall says she takes the bus each day to attend Bryant and Stratton College in downtown Milwaukee.

Union officials say one of the main obstacles to an agreement is the transit system's plans to hire retirees as part-time drivers.

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