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Vancouver Transit Strike Could Happen In The Next 72 Hours Unless A Deal Is Reached

If you rely on the bus to get to work in Vancouver, then it's time to start planning your contignency plans. You might want to ask to work from home or dust off your bike. Transit operators in Metro Vancouver have decided to go on strike and it could happen in as little as three days. The Vancouver transit strike is going to affect the entire city. 

According to the CBC, the Unifor union that represents bus drivers in Metro Vancouver has given its 72-hour job action notice to Coast Mountain Bus Company.

In a statment made in the afternoon on Monday, October 28 Unifor said that the Coast Mountain Bus Company had failed to address the workers' concerns regarding working conditions, wages and benefits in the latest round of negotiations.

“It’s not hard to understand what is happening here. The company is showing little respect for the difficult working conditions that our members must face every day,” said Jerry Dias, the Unifor National President.

Job action that will affect bus services in Vancouver will happen if they're not able to reach an agreement in the next 72 hours with a deadline on Halloween this Thursday, October 31 at midnight.

In the Unifor press release, the local president Mike Smith said that "the only reason we could be on strike by the weekend is because the employer has dug in with an unreasonable position” and called on the Coast Mountain Bus Company to reach a compromise with them. 

Earlier this month on Thursday, October 10, the union had a strike vote where members could voice their opinion. The vote resulted in 99% of union members in favour of a strike if a deal wasn't reached.

The Unifor represents thousands of workers at the Coast Mountain Bus Company and the potential strike would affect bus drivers, maintenance workers and Seabus workers.

*When reached for comment, the Coast Mountain Bus Company said that they've been working hard to renew their agreements with the union. "Unifor 111 and 2200 have now given CMBC 72 hours’ notice that they will be taking job action. At this time, the unions have not informed CMBC what form the job action would take," said a rep in an email to Narcity. "CMBC remains committed to reaching an acceptable negotiated settlement and is ready to return to the bargaining table as soon as possible."

*This article has been updated.

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