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Update on Job Action

This page is intended to provide an update on the current status of the labour negotiations between Coast Mountain Bus Company (CMBC) and Unifor 111 and 2200, and British Columbia Rapid Transit Company (BCRTC) and CUPE 7000 due to job action. For the most up-to-date and route-specific information, visit alerts.translink.ca.

November 14, 2019 update

Nov. 14, 2019 – 4:08 p.m.

Customer impact statement on tomorrow’s job action

The Union representing bus, SeaBus operators and maintenance staff have informed Coast Mountain Bus Company that they will escalate their job action.

Unifor is placing an overtime ban for bus operators on Friday, November 15. This is in addition to the ongoing overtime ban for maintenance employees and a uniform ban which have been in effect since November 1.

As a result, customers should prepare for disruptions to bus service throughout the day. We estimate the union action will result in reductions in bus services of up to 10 per cent.

This job action will be difficult to predict for our customers. Some routes will have gaps in service and there will likely be overcrowding.

Customers should give themselves extra time to travel to their destination and watch for updates on service levels on our usual customer service channels and resources:

CMBC is working to minimize customer impacts as much as possible, with the safety of customers and employees top of mind. The TransLink Enterprise are working together in preparing plans to help keep customers moving, should job action continue. CMBC remains committed to reaching an acceptable negotiated settlement and hopes the Union will return to the bargaining table soon.

 

November 14, 2019 update

Nov. 14, 2019 – 4:05 p.m.

Due to union job action we are expecting the cancellation of 10 SeaBus sailings on Friday, November 15:

  • The 7:20am, 9:00am, 4:10pm, 7:32pm and 8:47pm sailings from Lonsdale Quay will be cancelled.
  • The 7:35am, 9:15am, 4:25pm, 7:46pm and 9:01pm sailings from Waterfront will be cancelled.

 

November 14, 2019 update

Nov. 14, 2019 – 12:53 p.m.

Coast Mountain Bus Company puts forward historic offer

The enhanced offer will guarantee operators minimum recovery time

SURREY, BC – Coast Mountain Bus Company is disappointed an agreement couldn’t be reached today at the bargaining table. CMBC’s enhanced proposal includes guaranteed recovery time, as well as previously offered wage increases which are more generous than other public sector settlements in British Columbia.

“This enhanced proposal directly focuses on working conditions. This is the exact issue the union has asked us to improve,” says Coast Mountain Bus Company President Michael McDaniel. “Wage demands over and above the increases we have already offered will come at the expense of services for customers. We need a deal that’s realistic. It’s time for the union to be willing to compromise.”

This latest offer includes new measures to address working conditions, something the union has said is a top priority. Once the company’s proposal is fully implemented:

  • Transit operators would be guaranteed at least40 minutes of recovery time for every scheduled shift.
  • Under regular road conditions transit operators would be paid double time for any minute of recovery time they don’t receive under 40 minutes.

The proposal also clarifies that operators are permitted to use a washroom whenever necessary.

The offer builds on the improvements for working conditions and wages in previous CMBC proposals.

  • The top annual wage for operators will increase by about $6,100 over the next four years, bringing their annual salary to $69,900
  • The top annual wage for skilled trades will increase by about $10,000 over the next four years, bringing their annual salary to $88,000

CMBC is asking the union to be more realistic about wage demands, given that our current offer far exceeds public sector settlements in British Columbia.

 

 

 

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Previous media statements

November 13, 2019 update

Nov. 13, 2019 – 4:05 p.m.

Due to union job action we are expecting the cancellation of 6 SeaBus sailings on Thursday, November 14:

  • The 4:10pm, 7:32pm, and 8:47pm sailings from Lonsdale Quay will be cancelled.
  • The 4:25pm, 7:46pm, and 9:01pm sailings from Waterfront will be cancelled.

November 13, 2019 update

Nov. 13, 2019 – 3:33 p.m.

Statement from Michel Ladrak, President of BC Rapid Transit Company:

“Following six months of negotiation and an offer being presented to CUPE 7000 by British Columbia Rapid Transit Company (BCRTC), the union has declared an impasse in negotiations.  They have advised that they will be holding a meeting with their members to discuss their next steps.

“We remain committed to the bargaining process and have suggested the parties take part in mediation to help resolve the current issues.  The offer we have put forward aligns with public sector settlements in British Columbia today.  We are open to further discussing what has been offered and urge the union to continue negotiating with us.”

On background:

  • Canada Line and West Coast Express are not affected by these negotiations.

 


November 13, 2019 update

Nov. 13, 2019 – 9:17 a.m.

Statement from Michael McDaniel, President of Coast Mountain Bus Company:

“With bargaining set to resume this morning, Coast Mountain Bus Company remains optimistic that we can find common ground with the union and work toward an agreement which satisfies both parties.  While our current offer is in excess of public sector settlements in British Columbia today, we are open to improving our overall proposal at the bargaining table.  This includes building on the proposal we’ve already put forward to improve working conditions.

“The message we’ve heard from our customers and employees is abundantly clear, they want both parties to find a solution which brings an end to job action.  We know that compromise by both sides will be necessary to reach a deal.  Further job action will continue to disrupt service and affect tens of thousands of transit users.”

November 12, 2019 update

Nov. 12, 2019 – 4:06 p.m.

SERVICE IMPACT: SeaBus Sailing Cancellations

Due to union job action, we are expecting the cancellation of 10 SeaBus sailings on Wednesday, November 13:

  • The 4:10pm, 5:00pm, 6:00pm, 7:32pm, and 8:47pm sailings from Lonsdale Quay will be cancelled
  • The 4:25pm, 5:15pm, 6:15pm, 7:46pm, and 9:01pm sailings from Waterfront will be cancelled.


November 12, 2019 update

Nov. 12, 2019 – 11:15 a.m.

Statement from Michael McDaniel, President of Coast Mountain Bus Company:

“Coast Mountain Bus Company welcomes the union’s return to the bargaining table. We are encouraged by this development and look forward to reaching an agreement which works for all parties involved.

“All of us are committed to providing quality transit services to our customers every day of the year. I’m optimistic that we can find common ground to ensure this can continue. Given the formal bargaining process is set to resume, we will not be providing further comment at this time.”


November 11, 2019 update

Nov. 11, 2019 – 4:03 p.m.

Job action impact on SeaBus update

Due to union job action we are expecting the cancellation of 6 SeaBus sailings on Tuesday, November 12:

  • The 4:10pm, 7:32pm, and 8:47pm sailings from Lonsdale Quay will be cancelled
  • The 4:25pm, 7:46pm and 9:01 pm sailings from Waterfront will be cancelled.

SeaBus Timetable for November 12, 2019

 


November 10, 2019 update

Nov. 10, 2019 – 4:01 p.m.

SERVICE IMPACT: SeaBus Sailing Cancellations

Due to union job action we are expecting the cancellation of 14 SeaBus sailings on Monday, November 11:

    • The 10:02am, 10:47am, 6:47pm, 7:17pm, 7:47pm, 8:17pm, and 8:47pm sailings from Lonsdale Quay will be cancelled
    • The 10:16am, 11:01am, 7:01pm, 7:31pm, 8:01pm, 8:31pm, and 9:01pm sailings from Waterfront will be cancelled.

SeaBus Timetable for Monday, November 11

 


November 9, 2019 update

Nov. 9, 2019 – 3:51 p.m.

SERVICE IMPACT: SeaBus Sailings

There are no expected SeaBus cancellations on Saturday, November 10.

 


November 8, 2019 update

Nov. 8, 2019 – 4:11 p.m.

SERVICE IMPACT: SeaBus Sailing Cancellations

There are no expected SeaBus cancellations tomorrow, Saturday, November 9, 2019.

This evening there will be a bus bridge operating from 6:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. to provide additional service for SeaBus customers.  Pickup from Waterfront will be on West Cordova Street outside of Waterfront Station.  Pickup from Lonsdale Quay will be at a special stop in the Chadwick Court Loop.  It will be a regular one-zone fare to board.

 


November 8, 2019 update

Nov. 8, 2019 – 8:33 a.m.

SERVICE IMPACT: Bus Service Cancellations

Union job action resulted in a reduction of frequency on 25 bus routes during the morning rush.  The majority of routes affected were high-frequency routes.

The impacted routes are: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 20, 25, 32, 33, 41, 43, 84, 152, 156, 183, 188, 189, 403, 410, 430, 555, 601.

Coast Mountain Bus Company is making every effort to ensure reliable service, but the union’s job action will continue to have impacts on the system. The union has been asked to return to bargaining and take part in mediation, but they have repeatedly refused.

 


November 7, 2019 update

Nov. 7, 2019 – 4:25 p.m.

SERVICE IMPACT: SeaBus Sailing Cancellations

Due to union job action we are expecting the cancellation of 16 SeaBus sailings tomorrow:

  • 16 Sailing cancellations.
    • The 6:17am, 6:47am, 4:10pm, 6:47pm, 7:17pm, 7:47pm, 8:17pm, and 8:47pm sailings from Lonsdale Quay will be cancelled
    • The 6:31am, 7:00am, 4:25pm, 7:01pm, 7:31pm, 8:01pm, 8:31pm, 9:01pm sailings from Waterfront will be cancelled.

To assist in viewing cancellations within the existing schedule, here’s the full SeaBus timetable for November 8:

November 8 SeaBus Sailings & Cancellations


November 7, 2019 update

Nov. 7, 2019 – 11:46 a.m.

Statement from Michael McDaniel, President of Coast Mountain Bus Company:

“Yesterday, Coast Mountain Bus Company formally asked the union to come back to the bargaining table to discuss working conditions for bus operators, but they have once again refused.

“Our existing offer already gives bus operators and maintenance trade workers a larger wage settlement than other public sector workers, enhanced benefits, and addresses working conditions for bus operators. The union has made no attempt to find common ground and have stuck with their $608 million demand that equals the cost of all recently-approved bus service expansion and improvements.

“We’re ready to talk at the bargaining table but we can’t negotiate with ourselves.  We need the union to return to the bargaining table.  Union representatives have repeatedly refused our suggestion of bringing in a third-party mediator to help resolve the situation.”

Further Background:

  • On top of what CMBC is currently offering, the union is demanding an additional $608 million in wages, benefits, and working conditions over 10-years.
  • Under our current offer to the union Maintenance Trade employees would see wage increases of more than 12% [12.2%] over 4 years.
  • Under our current offer to the union Transit Operators would see wage increases of nearly 10% [9.6%] over 4 years.
  • In addition to the above, we have enhanced the benefit package and improved working conditions – specifically targeting recovery time.

 


 

November 6, 2019 update

Nov. 6, 2019 – 3:58 p.m.

SERVICE IMPACT: SeaBus Sailing Cancellations

Due to union job action we are expecting the cancellation of 16 SeaBus sailings on Thursday, November 7:

  • 16 Sailing cancellations.
    • The 7:20am, 9:00am, 4:10pm, 6:47pm, 7:17pm, 7:47pm, 8:17pm, and 8:47pm sailings from Lonsdale Quay will be cancelled
    • The 7:35am, 9:15am, 4:25pm, 7:01pm, 7:31pm, 8:01pm, 8:31pm, and 9:01pm sailings from Waterfront will be cancelled.

To assist in viewing cancellations within the existing schedule, here’s the full SeaBus timetable for November 7:


November 5, 2019 update

Nov. 5, 2019 – 4:03 p.m.

SERVICE IMPACT: SeaBus Sailing Cancellations

Due to union job action we are expecting the cancellation of 14 SeaBus sailings on Wednesday, November 6:

  • 14 Sailing cancellations in the morning and afternoon.
    • The 7:10am, 7:40am, 8:40am, 9:10am, 4:10pm, 6:20pm, and 7:30pm sailings from Lonsdale Quay will be cancelled.
    • The 7:25am, 7:55am, 8:55am, 9:25am, 4:25pm, 6:35pm, and 7:45pm sailings from Waterfront will be cancelled.

Nov. 5, 2019 – 8:09 a.m. 

SERVICE IMPACT: SeaBus Sailing Cancellations

Due to union job action we are expecting the cancellation of 6 SeaBus sailings today (these are the same sailing cancellations as yesterday):

  • 6 Sailing cancellations in the afternoon
    • The 4:10pm from Lonsdale Quay and 4:25pm from Waterfront will be cancelled
    • The 6:20pm from Lonsdale Quay and 6:35pm from Waterfront will be cancelled
    • The 7:30pm from Lonsdale Quay and 7:45pm from Waterfront will be cancelled

November 4, 2019 update

Nov. 4, 2019 – 10:31 a.m. 

STATEMENT BY MAYORS’ COUNCIL CHAIR JONATHAN X. COTÉ ON LABOUR DISPUTE AT COAST MOUNTAIN BUS COMPANY

“As Chair of the Mayors’ Council, I am disappointed that we have not been able to resolve the current labour dispute with Unifor.

“Our bus service is a critical component of our transit system and our bus expansion plans are an important part of the Mayors’ 10-Year Vision. As a regular transit user, I know how hard our bus employees work to deliver transportation services to our region’s residents and I believe they deserve a fair settlement.

“It is disappointing to hear Unifor leadership suggest that bus expansion be scaled back in order to pay for their wage demands. Scaling back transit expansion in this region is completely off the table. With North American-leading ridership growth, a climate emergency and growing road congestion, now is not the time to slow down transit improvements. Cutting the funding used to buy additional buses and hire more bus drivers will also do nothing to improve the working conditions of our valuable transit operators.

“The Mayors’ Council has worked almost single-mindedly the past four years to improve and expand our transit network through its 10-Year Vision. Well over 90% of the bus service expansion we have approved in the first two phases of the Vision in 2017 and 2018 has been directed at our most overcrowded routes to provide more frequency and more passenger capacity. Over 20% of these service improvements is to add run-time to improve reliability for customers and recovery time for operators.

“If the Mayors’ Council were to roll back these bus service improvements in order to pay for what the union is asking, bus overcrowding would increase, which is exactly what union leaders claim they want to see reduced.

“I am proud of the 10-Year Vision and our progress on it, especially in contrast to the reality facing many cities in North America where transit service is frozen and even being cut. In fact, given Metro Vancouver’s exploding ridership growth, the Mayors’ Council has agreed that we must accelerate approval of the final phase of the Vision. Transit users and commuters have been very clear that they expect us to continue adding service.

“I’m asking both sides to return to the bargaining table and for Unifor to put an end to job action which is impacting commuters and some of the most vulnerable residents in our region who rely on public transit.

“We want to see the parties reach a fair and reasonable agreement as quickly as possible. And, we want Unifor to once again stand side by side with the Mayors’ Council – as they did during our recent Cure Congestion campaign – to continue advocating for investment in Metro Vancouver’s transit system, for the benefit of transit users, workers and our communities.”

Click here for the PDF version of this statement.


November 4, 2019 update

Nov. 4, 2019 – 8:03 a.m. 

SERVICE IMPACT: SeaBus Sailing Cancellations

Due to union job action we are expecting the cancellation of 6 SeaBus sailings today:

  • 6 Sailing cancellations in the afternoon
    • The 4:10pm from Lonsdale Quay and 4:25pm from Waterfront will be cancelled
    • The 6:20pm from Lonsdale Quay and 6:35pm from Waterfront will be cancelled
    • The 7:30pm from Lonsdale Quay and 7:45pm from Waterfront will be cancelled


November 3, 2019 update

Nov. 3, 2019 – 8:09 a.m. 

SERVICE IMPACT: SeaBus Sailing Cancellations

Due to union job action we are expecting the cancellation of 16 SeaBus sailings today:

  • 6 Sailing cancellations in the afternoon
    • The 1:30pm from Lonsdale Quay and 1:45pm from Waterfront will be cancelled
    • The 3:30pm from Lonsdale Quay and 3:45pm from Waterfront will be cancelled
    • The 4:45pm from Lonsdale Quay and 5:00pm from Waterfront will be cancelled
  • 10 Sailing cancellations in the evening (between 6:45pm and 9:15pm)
    • This will result in sailings every 30-minutes between 6:45pm and 9:15pm, instead of sailings every 15-minutes.
    • Regular 30-minute service continues after 9:15pm until the final sailing.

November 2, 2019 update

Nov. 2, 2019 – 9:13 a.m. 

SERVICE IMPACT: SeaBus Sailing Cancellations

Due to union job action we are expecting the cancellation of 20 SeaBus sailings today:

20 Sailing cancellations in the afternoon (between 4:15pm and 9:15pm)

    • This will result in sailings every 30-minutes between 4:15pm and 9:15pm, instead of sailings every 15-minutes.
    • Regular 30-minute service then continues until the final sailing.

 


November 1, 2019 update

Nov. 1, 2019 – 11:50 a.m. 

Union demands will cost more than half-a-billion dollars

Union is seeking $608 million on top of CMBC’s offer

Statement from Mike McDaniel, President of Coast Mountain Bus Company:

“We are urging the union to return to the bargaining table so we can come to a reasonable deal and end today’s job action, which is benefitting no one.  New analysis shows that union demands would amount to more than half-a-billion dollars over 10-years.  This is funding that would otherwise be used for transit improvement and expansion.  Our current offer on the table is fair and reasonable, exceeding public sector settlements in British Columbia.  Union representatives have repeatedly refused our suggestion of a third-party mediator to help resolve the situation.”

Background:

  • On top of what CMBC is currently offering, the union is demanding an additional $608 million in wages, benefits, and working conditions over 10-years.
  • Under our current offer to the union Maintenance Trade employees would see wage increases of more than 12% [12.2%] over 4 years.
  • Under our current offer to the union Transit Operators would see wage increases of nearly 10% [9.6%] over 4 years.
  • In addition to the above, we have enhanced the benefit package and improved working conditions – specifically targeting recovery time.

 


November 1, 2019 update

Nov. 1, 2019 – 6:28 a.m. 

Union urged to return to the bargaining table

Current offer would see a boost to wages, benefits, and working conditions

Statement from Mike McDaniel, President of Coast Mountain Bus Company:

“Coast Mountain Bus Company is urging the union to return to the bargaining table and avoid today’s job action, which will impact transit users.  Our negotiators have repeatedly asked union representatives to participate in third-party mediation to help resolve the current situation, but they have refused to take part.  We will make every effort to communicate any service disruptions to our customers as they occur.  Coast Mountain Bus Company has put forward a fair and reasonable offer which boosts wages, benefits, and working conditions, while recognizing the important work of our employees.”

Background:

  • Under our current offer to the union Maintenance Trade employees would see wage increases of more than 12% [12.2%] over 4 years.
  • Under our current offer to the union Transit Operators would see wage increases of nearly 10% [9.6%] over 4 years.
  • In addition to the above, we have enhanced the benefit package and improved working conditions – specifically targeting recovery time.

 


October 30, 2019 update

Oct. 30, 2019 – 10:51 a.m. 

Statement from Mike McDaniel, President of Coast Mountain Bus Company:

Coast Mountain Bus Company is negotiating in good faith and has made fair and reasonable offers recognizing the vital role our employees play in the region.  If the union proceeds with job action, it will only punish transit users in Metro Vancouver, many of whom rely on our system for their daily commute.  Without maintenance overtime, we will see bus and SeaBus service cancellations, affecting customers.

CMBC has been bargaining with Unifor since August 1. When talks broke off, we asked the union to participate in third-party mediation, but they have refused.

CMBC is now back at the table and our current offer includes significantly better wages and benefits, and addresses working conditions.  This package would be greater than most other public sector settlements in B.C.  I urge the union to hold off on job action until a deal is done.

 


 

October 30, 2019 update

Oct. 30, 2019 – 9:03 a.m. 

Coast Mountain Bus Company Bargaining Update:

“Unifor, the union representing Coast Mountain Bus Company bus operators and maintenance trades, has advised job action in the form of bus maintenance workers not doing overtime work. This could mean reduction in bus and SeaBus service as soon as 8 a.m. tomorrow.

Regardless of the job action, many of our services will be unaffected: SkyTrain, Canada Line, West Coast Express, HandyDART, West Vancouver Blue Bus and other contracted services will continue operating normally.

We will do everything possible to keep our customers informed, as soon as possible, on service disruptions. To stay informed, customers can sign up for Transit Alerts (alerts.translink.ca) specific to their routes, follow @TransLink on Twitter and check translink.ca. “