Transit shutdown in Metro Vancouver will not go ahead

The planned three-day transit shutdown of bus and SeaBus services will not be going ahead after a tentative deal was reached between the union and TransLink subsidiary Coast Mountain Bus Company (CMBC).

The deal, made just before 12:30 am Wednesday, avoids a shutdown that would have crippled much of Metro Vancouver. Approximately 350,000 people use buses and the SeaBus each weekday.

Negotiations resumed on Tuesday afternoon.

While there is no shutdown and all labour action has come to a conclusion, TransLink says there could be some service disruptions in the morning, as it will likely take some time to ramp up CMBC’s operations and staffing levels back to normal after such short notice.

Full statement issued by Michael McDaniel, president of CMBC:

“I’m pleased to announce that Coast Mountain Bus Company (CMBC) has reached a negotiated, tentative deal with Unifor locals 111 and 2200, which represent bus and SeaBus operators and maintenance staff. As a result of this agreement, our employees will benefit from a competitive package which features improved wages, benefits, and working conditions.”

“I would like to commend both parties for working together and finding common ground to end this difficult chapter for our customers, employees, and the company.  The agreement is still to go through a ratification process, which we expect will take several weeks.”

“Securing a deal means the union’s planned bus and SeaBus system shutdown will no longer proceed, nor will any further union job action. However, customers may still find some disruption to services tomorrow given the timing of a deal being reached. Commuters should check transit alerts tomorrow to ensure their route is operating on schedule.”

Canadian Press

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