Unifor Local 111 and 2200 have reached a tentative agreement with Coast Mountain Bus Company, ending a 26-day strike by nearly 5,000 transit workers.
“Transit workers stood up for one another and fought hard to get a fair contract,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “Total service disruption was a last resort, so our members are relieved that they can return to serving the public.”
The tentative agreement, reached at 12:30 a.m., will avoid a three-day strike action during which no buses would have been on the road. Unifor members will report to work for their normal shifts on Wednesday.
Details of the agreement will be made available following ratification votes happening in the coming days.
“This contract recognizes that Unifor members are the backbone of the Metro Vancouver transit system,” said Gavin McGarrigle, Western Regional Director and lead negotiator. “We look forward to being an integral part of an expanding system that keeps this region moving.”
Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.
Coast Mountain Bus Company says it has reached a fair and reasonable settlement with Unifor.
As a result of this agreement, the employees would benefit from a competitive package which features improved wages, benefits, and working conditions, it says.
“Securing a deal means the union’s planned bus and SeaBus system shutdown will no longer proceed, nor will any further union job action,” said Michael McDaniel, President of Coast Mountain Bus Company. “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.”