August, 2020
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Deal struck in Transit negotiations, bus service shutdown averted

A deal was struck between the union representing striking transit workers and the Coast Mountain Bus Company as negotiations were extended by half an hour at midnight.

350,000 commuters relying on buses and the Seabus can now breathe a huge collective sigh of relief.

Michael McDaniel, President of Coast Mountain Bus Company, in a statement said: “I’m pleased to announce that Coast Mountain Bus Company (CMBC) has reached a negotiated, tentative deal with Unifor locals 111 and 2200, which represent bus and SeaBus operators and maintenance staff.  As a result of this agreement, our employees will benefit from a competitive package which features improved wages, benefits, and working conditions.

“I would like to commend both parties for working together and finding common ground to end this difficult chapter for our customers, employees, and the company.  The agreement is still to go through a ratification process, which we expect will take several weeks.

“Securing a deal means the union’s planned bus and SeaBus system shutdown will no longer proceed, nor will any further union job action.  However, customers may still find some disruption to services [Wednesday] given the timing of a deal being reached.  Commuters should check transit alerts [Wednesday] to ensure their route is operating on schedule.”

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