According to the B.C. government website, this mandate “applies to all public sector employers with unionized employees whose collective agreements expire on or after December 31, 2018.” (Inscription in italics.) Bus company President and CEO Mike McDaniel said yesterday that management has offered a larger package than most public sector agreements in B.C. “This contract recognizes that Unifor members are the backbone of Vancouver`s metro transit system,” said Gavin McGarrigle, Unifor Western Regional Director and negotiator. “We look forward to being an integral part of an expanding system that keeps this region moving.” The employment actions will end as ratification votes take place in the coming days, after which details of the agreement will be released. CMBC`s intransigence regarding Metro Vancouver transit workers` concerns about decent wages and working conditions meant that workers announced on November 20 a three-day system-wide shutdown, which would take place on November 27, 28 and 29. Negotiations resumed on 26 November, after being dismantled two weeks ago. After 10 hours of negotiations, Unifor National President Jerry Dias announced a 30-minute extension of the strike period after midnight to continue negotiations, and a tentative agreement was announced this morning at 12:30 p.m. to avoid the shutdown. “What is even more discouraging is that our union was only informed two days in advance. The legal standard for staff accommodation guidance is 60 days. Our collective agreements require a period of four weeks. We will hold management to account if the procedure is contrary to these standards. Article 21 of our collective agreement describes the different coverages and limits of our medical and extended health, teeth, life and disability benefits. TransLink collects property and gas taxes to finance its operations.
In addition, the TransLink Mayors` Council could have adopted a request that, to protect the finances of the transportation authority, all of its subsidiaries are 100% public sector employers under the provincial bargaining mandate. A strike could perhaps take longer than if the public sector bargaining mandate had been implemented, which would have simplified negotiations. “This was an incredibly difficult decision that we don`t take lightly,” said Kevin Desmond, CEO of TransLink. “We`ve done our best to cut costs in other ways, but TransLink is losing $75 million a month, and we have no other options. I have not escaped the impact of this decision on the lives of our employees and their families. TransLink`s impasse (through CMBC) is undoubtedly due to TransLink`s decided that it could not “afford” to meet the just demands of transit workers while promoting its planned expansion. The Coast Mountain Bus Company`s contract with Unifor Local 111 and Unifor Local 2200 expired on March 31. VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – TransLink will temporarily release nearly 1,500 people starting this week and suspend transit traffic to deal with lost revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic. . .