Seabus Collective Agreement
“Metro Vancouver transit workers will see significant improvements in wages, benefits and working conditions as a result of this new agreement,” Jerry Dias, Unifor`s national president, said in a statement. The three-day stop on SeaBus buses and routes, which would have paralyzed Metro Vancouver, was narrowly averted last week, with both sides announcing that they had reached an agreement around 12:30 p.m. VANCOUVER — After nearly a month of strike action, unionized bus and SeaBus employees voted Thursday to ratify a new three-year collective agreement. “This contract provides improvements in wages, benefits and working conditions for our members, reflecting the difficult tasks they perform every day and move hundreds of thousands of drivers through Metro Vancouver`s busy traffic,” said Sutherland. “We are very pleased that Unifor members voted in favour of the agreement and that we can now work hard to improve transit services across the region. In a vote in Surrey today, union members formally approved the interim agreement approved by Unifor negotiators in the early hours of Wednesday, November 27. The result of the vote was 84.3% for the agreement. The intensification of Unifor`s action – the ban on uniforms and overtime – lasted 27 days and began on 1 November. The two parties sought to reach an agreement, with Unifor calling for a fair contract for working conditions, and TransLink arguing that it wanted an agreement that would balance the interests of workers and public transit, as meeting the union`s requirements could lead to fare and tax increases and reductions in the planned extension of service. “We think this is a historic collective agreement and there are many, many other changes that our members welcome,” he said. Under the three-year contract, bus drivers, SeaBus operators and maintenance workers retroactively receive two percent wage authorization for work from December 5, 2019 to April 1, 2020. Metro Vancouver transit workers voted in favour of a new contract with the Coast Mountain Bus Company (CMBC), officially ending weeks of conflict.
The two sides met at least half a dozen times during the day and finally extended the midnight deadline by half an hour before finally reaching an agreement. After the vote, Unifor Western Regional Director Gavin McGarrigle said Unifor 111 and 2200 members were “very pleased” with the agreement that brings Toronto transit wages closer and skytrain employees. Union representatives, who contributed to the agreement during a marathon round of negotiations last week, boasted that the agreement contained “historic benefits” for workers.