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Bc Transit Unifor Collective Agreement

VICTORIA – BC Transit and Unifor Local 333 are pleased to announce an interim work agreement. Ben Williams Unifor National Representative 250-384-4423 250-888-8696 ben.williams@unifor.org Unifor members can help transit operators and all COVID-19 heroes by sticking to the Health Officers Council from taking social distance and applying this new Facebook framework to their profiles. Nearly 5,000 transit workers at Metro Vancouver, represented by Unifor, ended 26 days of conflict on November 27, 2019, when an interim agreement was reached on the eve of a three-day transit system closure. “We used all the tools to build support and get a fair contract. Transit companies deserve a safe and healthy work environment, but also because we believe in the importance of a well-funded transit system,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor`s national president, who was instrumental in concluding the agreement late in the evening and preventing the complete closure of Metro Vancouver`s transit system. The union said the company was not willing to consider a pay comparison with Toronto bus drivers and SkyTrain maintenance workers, which is a difference of about $3 an hour. The company said their offer of a 9.6 percent increase for bus drivers and a 12 percent increase for craftsmen already exceeded other public comparisons. It is not known how their positions on both sides have evolved to find common ground within this $150 million wage gap. TransLink said there is no change to transit extension plans at this time. Details of the agreement will not be published until ratification. The current employment contract between BC Transit and Unifor 333 expired in March 2019.

BC Transit Communications 250-880-1303 Media@bctransit.com “Our members have taken joint steps to reach this agreement, but public relations and public support have been essential to get the employer to understand the broad support for our contract proposals,” said Gavin McGarrigle, Western Regional Director. The 11th hourly agreement meant that the complete shutdown of bus and seabus traffic was narrowly avoided for three days. The agreement came after more than 10 hours of negotiations at a Vancouver hotel, the two sides appeared to .m the news shortly before 12:30 p.m. School bus drivers with First Student Cornwall, members of Unifor Local 4266, have ratified a new collective agreement that increases their pay for CH VANCOUVER — The details are still a secret, but an interim agreement reached by the transit workers` union and its employer early Wednesday morning will likely be voted on in the next seven to 10 days by union members, according to Unifor. Currently, nearly 240,000 public sector workers are affected by interim or ratified agreements concluded under the mandate. The agreement focuses on improving services for people and ensuring fair and affordable compensation. “We have proven that free and fair collective bargaining works and, as we have said all the time, direct negotiations are the way to achieve this, at the table, when both sides are serious,” McGarrigle said.