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TURNPIKE MANAGERS TAKE TOLLS DURING STRIKE

Pennsylvania Turnpike managers began collecting tolls early Thanksgiving Day as the first strike in the turnpike's 64-year history entered its second day.

The managers had anticipated a walkout by about 2,000 collectors, maintenance workers and office employees so they waived tolls all day Wednesday. The waiver was expected to cost an estimated $1.7 million to $2 million in lost revenue.

Just after midnight, nearly 400 managers began collecting $2 per car and $15 per commercial vehicle. Normally, the toll varies by distance, but the flat rate -- based on the average tolls -- was charged to prevent backups at the toll plazas.

The main cause of the strike was a management proposal to allow layoffs as the three-year pact expired, union spokesman Ken Zawacki said.

The striking employees have been working without a contract for 14 months. No further talks have been scheduled.

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