There will be a transit strike in Metro Vancouver tomorrow

‘We expect this move will result in cancellations’

Be prepared to make alternate travel arrangements tomorrow.

Unifor, the union representing bus operators and transit maintenance workers, announced that it will be moving forward with a transit strike effective Nov. 1.

article continues below

The union states that the, “Coast Mountain Bus Company’s refusal to make any significant offers over the last 48 hours have forced Unifor Locals 111 and 2200 negotiators to call off talks.

“We have not had a serious offer from the company since we served strike notice,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor’s national president. “In other words, the company feels very comfortable with system-wide job action.”

The union added that no progress was made on working conditions, benefits, or wages, which is contrary to a statement made by Michael McDaniel, president of Coast Mountain Bus Company.

“I don’t know what contract talks Mr. McDaniel is following, but the employer has made virtually no movement this week on the issues that have got us to a 99 per cent strike mandate,” said Gavin McGarrigle, Unifor’s western regional director.

“Transit workers are very disheartened and Metro Vancouver’s passengers should be disappointed in CMBC’s unwillingness to find a solution.”

McGarrigle adds that the union will escalate job action in the coming weeks if more progress isn’t made on breaks for operators and consideration of parity with similar workers in Canada and Translink’s own system.

Jill Drews, senior issues management advisor with TransLink, confirmed the strike, noting that the action would move forward, “at 8 a.m. tomorrow in the form of overtime ban for maintenance staff for bus and SeaBus.”

“We expect this move will result in cancelations. Due to the nature of the job action, we are unable to predict which trips will be canceled,” she added.

Unifor adds that there are no further talks scheduled, and that a uniform and overtime ban will commence at 8 a.m. on Nov. 1.

 

Read the original article here.

Read Related Topics

Comments

NOTE: To post a comment you must have an account with at least one of the following services: Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ You may then login using your account credentials for that service. If you do not already have an account you may register a new profile with Disqus by first clicking the "Post as" button and then the link: "Don't have one? Register a new profile".

The Vancouver Courier welcomes your opinions and comments. We do not allow personal attacks, offensive language or unsubstantiated allegations. We reserve the right to edit comments for length, style, legality and taste and reproduce them in print, electronic or otherwise. For further information, please contact the editor or publisher, or see our Terms and Conditions.

comments powered by Disqus

Popular Vancouver Courier

Sign Up For Our e-Newsletter!
Find the Vancouver Courier Newspaper