The review and ratification of the agreement by the 333 members of Unifor 333 and the BC Transit Board of Directors will take place in the coming weeks. School bus drivers with First Student Cornwall, members of Unifor Local 4266, have ratified a new collective agreement that increases their pay for ch “Our members have taken collective steps to reach this agreement, but public publicity and support have been essential to get the employer to understand the broad support for our contractual proposals,” said Gavin McGarrigle, Western Regional Director. The current employment contract between BC Transit and Unifor 333 expired in March 2019. VICTORIA – BC Transit and Unifor Local 333 are pleased to announce an interim work agreement. “We used all the tools to build support and get a fair contract. Transit companies deserve a safe and healthy work environment, but also because we believe in the importance of a well-funded transit system,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor`s national president, who was instrumental in concluding the agreement late in the evening and preventing the complete closure of Metro Vancouver`s transit system. Currently, nearly 240,000 public sector workers are affected by interim or ratified agreements concluded under the mandate. The 11th hourly agreement meant that the complete shutdown of bus and seabus traffic was narrowly avoided for three days. The agreement came after more than 10 hours of negotiations at a Vancouver hotel and both sides appeared to .m the news shortly before 12:30 p.m. Nearly 5,000 transit workers at Metro Vancouver, represented by Unifor, ended 26 days of conflict on November 27, 2019, when an interim agreement was reached on the eve of a three-day transit system closure. Unifor 333 represents approximately 650 members, including transit operators and maintenance staff of Victoria`s regional transit system.
Unifor members can support transit operators and all COVID 19 heroes by sticking to the Council of Public Health Officials to distance themselves from social media and by applying this new Facebook image to their profiles. The union said the company was not willing to consider a pay comparison with Toronto bus drivers and SkyTrain maintenance workers, which is a difference of about $3 an hour. The company said their offer of a 9.6 percent increase for bus drivers and a 12 percent increase for craftsmen already exceeded other public comparisons. It is not known how their positions on both sides have evolved to find common ground within this $150 million wage gap. TransLink said there is no change to transit extension plans at this time. BC Transit Communications 250-880-1303 Media@bctransit.com Details of the agreement will not be published until ratification. Today, transit workers remain at the forefront of the fight against the COVID 19 pandemic and maintain essential customer services.