The intensification of Unifor`s action – the ban on uniforms and overtime – lasted 27 days and began on 1 November. The two parties sought to reach an agreement, with Unifor calling for a fair contract for working conditions, and TransLink arguing that it wanted an agreement that would balance the interests of workers and public transit, as meeting the union`s requirements could lead to fare and tax increases and reductions in the planned extension of service. « It is CMBC`s position that it complied with the collective agreement and complied with all legal obligations, » he said. Metro Vancouver transit workers voted in favour of a new contract with the Coast Mountain Bus Company (CMBC), officially ending weeks of conflict. The three-day stop on SeaBus buses and routes, which would have paralyzed Metro Vancouver, was narrowly averted last week, with both sides announcing that they had reached an agreement around 12:30 p.m. « We think this is a historic collective agreement and there are many, many other changes that our members welcome, » he said. In a vote in Surrey today, union members formally approved the interim agreement approved by Unifor negotiators in the early hours of Wednesday, November 27. The result of the vote was 84.3% for the agreement. Under the three-year contract, bus drivers, SeaBus operators and maintenance workers will receive a two per cent retroactive wage permit for work from December 5, 2019 to April 1, 2020. « Metro Vancouver transit workers will see significant improvements in wages, benefits and working conditions as a result of this new agreement, » Jerry Dias, Unifor`s national president, said in a statement. VANCOUVER — After nearly a month of strike action, unionized bus and SeaBus employees voted Thursday to ratify a new three-year collective agreement. CMBC President Michael McDaniel said the agreement was ratified Wednesday by the company`s board of directors. Union representatives, who contributed to the agreement during a marathon round of negotiations last week, boasted that the agreement contained « historic benefits » for workers.
The terms of the new agreement were also ratified yesterday by the CMBC Board of Directors.