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British Columbia Rapid Transit Company

This page is intended to provide an update on the current status of the labour negotiations between 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.

December 10, 2019

5:45 a.m. update

BC Rapid Transit Company agrees to tentative deal to avert SkyTrain strike
Union’s job action has been cancelled

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

“BC Rapid Transit Company is pleased to announce it has reached a negotiated, tentative deal with CUPE 7000, which represents about 900 SkyTrain employees including station attendants and maintenance trades workers.

This is great news for our customers who depend on our services. There will be some delays in the start of service on the Expo and Millennium Lines this morning. I thank all of our customers and staff for their patience through this uncertain time.”

 

December 9, 2019

10:45 a.m. update

Statement from Michael McDaniel, President of Coast Mountain Bus Company

CMBC customers should be aware that given our operational constraints and labour considerations, we are not able to increase bus service in response to the planned strike by BCRTC employees on SkyTrain this week. Bus service will be operating as it would on any regular weekday.

The planned job action will affect Expo and Millennium Lines only. Customers should plan for higher passenger volumes than usual.

 


December 6, 2019

12:29 p.m. update

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

“Since August 31, British Columbia Rapid Transit Company has been working hard to renew its agreement with the union representing about 900 employees including station attendants and maintenance workers. CUPE 7000 has now ended mediation and has given BCRTC 72 hours’ notice that it will be taking job action. The union has not informed BCRTC what form the job action would take nor when it might occur.”

“While we are disappointed by this development, BCRTC and CUPE will continuing bargaining through the weekend. We are hopeful and committed to reaching a fair deal without disrupting the valuable service we provide to the residents of this region.”

 


November 22, 2019

2:44 p.m. update

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

“British Columbia Rapid Transit Company (BCRTC) and CUPE 7000 will resume collective bargaining talks this weekend.  This is a very positive step forward and we look forward to finding solutions to the outstanding issues which remain between the parties.

“Given that both sides have now returned to the bargaining table, we will not be providing further comment at this time.”

On background:

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

 


November 21, 2019

12:32 p.m. update

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

“British Columbia Rapid Transit Company (BCRTC) and CUPE 7000 have agreed to mediation beginning next week, and we are looking forward to those discussions helping us come to a fair and reasonable collective agreement.

“Eight mediated meetings have been scheduled to occur over the next month. Mediation is a very important and productive way for parties to resolve their differences in any labour negotiation.

“While CUPE 7000 members have passed a vote which gives them the option of taking job action, at this time the union has not given any indication of providing a strike notice.  There is currently no disruption to SkyTrain service.”

On background:

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

 


November 13, 2019

3:33 p.m. update

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.