In 2016, Unifor Locals 111 and 2200 voted 98% in favour of a strike mandate from the union. At that time, the union said transit operators would be paid $30.91 per hour, which is below the national average. Unifor`s historic new collective agreement with Ford Motor Company not only has an agreement on business models with the Detroit Three Cars “Strikes are powerful tools – they disrupt the functioning of employers, they put the public in workers` rights and they build solidarity – but they cost money,” said the president of the BCGEU. Stephanie Smith earlier this week. “This loan will allow Unite Here Local to allow 40 members to remain on strike as long as it takes to secure collective agreements that give them the security, stability and fair compensation they deserve.” In 2018, TransLink recorded an 8% increase in boardings on the bus system. The union said that between 2016 and 2018, there was a 36 percent increase in “crowded bus journeys.” “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. Since then, Unifor has separated from the Canadian Labor Party convention. Another union, MoveUP, represents employees in the operations, planning and administration departments of Coast Mountain Bus Company. His contract expired on March 31. As a result, it cannot expect to receive as much support from other unions as the public experienced during the Hotel Employees` Strike in Vancouver.
The contract also includes a craft bonus, maintenance bonuses and seabus work bonuses, and a safety equipment bonus that will help Coast Mountain keep those workers, says Joe Elworthy, president of Unifor Local 2200, which represents mechanics, maintenance and SeaBus workers. “System overload affects breaks and rest times between trips as drivers find it difficult to maintain service,” Gavin McGarrigle, Unifor Western`s regional director, said in a press release. “The end result is overloaded drivers, and it`s a serious safety issue that needs to be addressed at the table.” Stay up-to-date on what is happening at Unifor and how the union is improving the lives of all workers in Canada. Subscribe to our Uniforum e-newsletter. VANCOUVER – More than 4,700 transit operators, mechanics, maintenance workers and seabus at Metro Vancouver voted 82% tonight to ratify a new 3-year contract with the Coast Mountain Bus Company, with pay increases and work bonuses, as well as better working conditions and benefits for members. The longest transit strike in recent history dates back to 2001, when Unifor workers left the labour market for four months.