Anyone who depends on the bus in Vancouver should start making their contingency plans. In the morning on Wednesday, November 20 from their regional office in New Westminster, B.C., Unifor announced that the next steps in their job action would seriously affect service. The Vancouver bus strike will lead to a complete shut down for three days starting on Wednesday, November 27 if a deal is not reached by then.

The Unifor union represents workers and bus drivers who are employed by Coast Mountain Bus Company, operated by Translink.

In a statement, a union rep said, "we will engage in a complete system shut down on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of next week."

"No members of Unifor local 1110 and 2200 will report for work on those days. Picketing will begin at all locations and we expect a complete shut down of the bus system on those days," they said.

Bus drivers will return to work on Saturday, November 30.

Since November 1, 2019, there have been close to 5000 Unifor union members taking job action. 

Before now, the job action has had minimal impact on transit service in Vancouver with periodic Seabus sailings being cancelled and a few scattered bus routes affected. 

Back when Unifor originally held a strike vote, the result was an overwhelming 99% of union members saying that they were willing to strike as part of job action. 

The union served a 72-hour notice of strike action on Monday, October 28 and both Translink and the union have failed to come to an agreement since. 

Translink has not yet responded to the latest Unifor announcement. 

If a deal is not reached between the union and Translink soon, then the bus system will grind to a halt next week. 

Workers haven't had a contract since Sunday, March 31, 2019, and negotiations have broken down repeatedly. 

The strike will have a huge impact on commuters in Vancouver.

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