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San Francisco transit workers ratify new contract

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Union officials say San Francisco transit workers have ratified a new contract a month after taking part in a sickout that stalled the city's famed cable cars and disrupted bus and light-rail service.

Members of Transport Workers Union Local 250-A voted 634 to 485 on Monday in favor of the three-year deal with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.

The contract would give workers raises totaling 14.25 percent and require them to pay into their pension plans.

It comes after drivers called in sick for three days last month after overwhelmingly rejecting a contract they said amounted to a pay cut.

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee on Tuesday thanked former mayor Willie Brown for helping to broker the deal.

The contract must still be voted on by the Municipal Transportation Agency's board, though the board's approval is expected.

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