(Black Press Media files)

Transit strike would mean no uniforms, overtime for maintenance workers: union

Unifor said the lack of maintenance overtime shifts will increase pressure on the system

Transit operators in Metro Vancouver will begin job action by working out of uniform by the end of the week, if their union cannot reach a deal with the Coast Mountain Bus Company.

On Thursday, Unifor said the drivers who operate TransLink buses, Seabus and SkyTrain will wear clothes other than their uniforms, while maintenance workers will not work overtime.

“It is a strange experience to see an operator out of uniform, and we hope that starts conversations with the passengers about our struggle with this employer to get a fair deal,” said Gavin McGarrigle, Unifor western regional director and lead negotiator.

Said Unifor Local 2200 president Mike Smith: “The system has normalized overtime, so without it, the turnaround for repairs and other maintenance will build up quickly. We trust that Translink will not put unsafe vehicles back on the road, so it is a question of fewer vehicles available in the system.”

TransLink said that SkyTrain, Canada Line, West Coast Express, HandyDART, West Vancouver Blue Bus and other contracted services will be unaffected by the job action.

Coast Mountain president Michael McDaniel said the employer is negotiating in good faith and making “fair and reasonable offers.”

“If the union proceeds with job action, it will only punish transit users in Metro Vancouver, many of whom rely on our system for their daily commute,” McDaniel said, adding the union has declined third-party mediation.

Talks are expected to continue into Thursday evening, ahead a strike deadline of Friday at 8 a.m.

READ MORE: Metro Vancouver bus drivers give 72-hour strike notice

READ MORE: Possible transit strike looming in Vancouver as routes overburdened


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Body found after SUV found fully engulfed in flames in Abbotsford field

Integrated Homicide Investigation Team has been called in

PHOTOS: West Coast Christmas Show and Artisan Market at Tradex

Over the past 11 years the show has been attended by over 175,000 visitors

Annual Realtors Care Blanket Drive supports 5 Abbotsford organizations

25th anniversary event runs from Nov. 18 to 25

British comedy duo James and Jamesy present O Christmas Tea

Production comes to Abbotsford Arts Centre on Wednesday, Nov. 20

WoMen Rise holds two events, including tree planting

Community welcome to events on Sunday, Nov. 17 in Abbotsford

VIDEO: B.C. couple creates three-storey ‘doggie mansion’ for their five pups

Group of seven, who Kylee Ryan has dubbed as the ‘wandering paws,’ have a neat setup in Jade City

Paul Bissonnette joins Vancouver Warriors after tweeting he could walk on to an NLL club

Bissonnette will join the Warriors for their final week of training camp at Rogers Arena

Port Alberni mom takes school district to court over Indigenous smudging, prayer in class

Candice Servatius, who is an evangelical Christian, is suing School District 70

Family of B.C. man killed in hit-and-run plead for tips, one year later

Cameron Kerr’s family says the driver and passengers tried to cover their tracks

Princeton couple pays for dream vacation with 840,000 grocery store points

It’s easy if you know what you are doing, they say

Chilliwack family’s dog missing after using online pet-sitting service

Frankie the pit bull bolted and hit by a car shortly after drop off through Rover.com

B.C. wildlife experts urge hunters to switch ammo to stop lead poisoning in birds

OWL, in Delta, is currently treating two eagles for lead poisoning

B.C. First Nations drop out of court challenge, sign deals with Trans Mountain

Upper Nicola Band says deal represents a ‘significant step forward’

Most Read