In a vote today in Surrey, union members formally approved the interim agreement approved by Unifor negotiators in the early morning of Wednesday, November 27. The result of the vote was 84.3% for the agreement. “Metro Vancouver employees will experience substantial improvements in wages, benefits and working conditions as a result of this new agreement,” Jerry Dias, Unifor National President, said in a statement. Unifor Western Regional Director Gavin McGarrigle said after the vote that Unifor 111 and 2200 members were “very happy” with the deal that brings transit wages closer to Toronto and parity with SkyTrain workers. Metro Vancouver employees have voted in favour of a new contract agreement with coast mountain Bus Company (CMBC), which officially ends a weeks-long dispute. A three-day closure of bus and seabus services that would have crippled Metro Vancouver was narrowly averted last week, with both sides announcing around 12:30 p.m. that they had reached an agreement. Unifor`s historic new collective agreement with Ford Motor Company not only justified a typical economic deal with Detroit Three Auto, which is charged at 98 cents per hour in the first year, followed by 1.01 $US per hour and 1.04 $US per hour over the next two years. This will increase the wages of transit operators with two years` experience from 32.61 per hour $US before the agreement to 35.64 $US per hour by the third year. The planned work stoppage was the latest escalation of union action, which began on November 1, when maintenance workers began refusing overtime and operators put down their uniforms. The terms of the new agreement were also ratified yesterday by CMBC`s Board of Directors. Under the three-year agreement, bus drivers, SeaBus operators and maintenance workers will receive a 2% retroactive wage increase for work, which dates back from December 5, 2019 to April 1, 2020. CMBC chairman Michael McDaniel said the deal was ratified by the company`s board on Wednesday.
Unifor Local 111 and Local 2200 members voted 84.3 per cent in favour of an agreement negotiated in late November between the bargaining committee and the coast mountain bus Company. “We think this is a historic collective agreement and there are many, many other changes that our members are looking forward to,” he said. Unifor`s intensified work — a ban on uniforms and overtime — lasted 27 days from November 1. Both sides struggled to reach an agreement, with Unifor calling for a fair contract on working conditions, and TransLink arguing that it wanted a deal that balanced the interests of public transport workers and passengers, as meeting the union`s full demands could lead to fare and tax increases and cuts in the service extension project. . . .