A three-day strike by SkyTrain workers was averted after a new tentative agreement was reached early this morning between between CUPE 7000 and the BC Rapid Transit Company.
Details of the tentative agreement will not be released until both parties have ratified it, but CUPE 7000 President Tony Rebelo said the eleventh-hour deal addresses many of the union’s concerns going into this latest round of bargaining.
“Both parties worked long and hard throughout the weekend, Monday, and in to Tuesday morning to get this deal done,” Rebelo said.
The new agreement was reached just before 5 am when a full shutdown of the Expo and Millennium lines was set to begin.
Instead, service will remain normal.
We couldn’t have done it without the assistance of mediator Grant McArthur, so we thank him for his patience and wisdom throughout these talks,” said Rebelo.
“I also want to thank my local bargaining committee and CUPE National staff for their efforts
Meanwhile Michel Ladrak, President of BC Rapid Transit Company, said there will be some delays in the start of service on the Expo and Millennium Line this morning.