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Buses are halted as a part of a 48-hour strike in Metro Vancouver after greater than 180 employees represented by CUPE Native 4500 walked off the job.

The job motion, which started at 3 a.m. PT, comes three weeks after the employees started refusing time beyond regulation.

CUPE consultant Liam O’Neill stated at a Monday afternoon information convention that the union is trying to additional escalate job motion.

Talks between the union and the Coast Mountain Bus Firm (CMBC), the employees’ employer, performed with the help of veteran labour mediator Vince Prepared, have failed to supply a brand new collective settlement, in response to O’Neill. 

Liam O’Neill, CUPE nationwide consultant, speaks at a information convention relating to ongoing talks with Coast Mountain Bus Firm in Burnaby, B.C., on Monday. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

“We went by way of over 20 hours of talks with CMBC with the help of the mediator and whereas we introduced options and compromise, they tried to bully us into accepting their proposal.” 

“We are going to proceed our time beyond regulation ban after which we must plan our subsequent escalation,” stated O’Neill. “Clearly, it will likely be an escalation, which suggests greater than the present [48-hour strike] and as quickly as we determine that one out we are going to let you already know.” 

CMBC is a subsidiary of TransLink, the regional transit authority for Metro Vancouver. 

Here’s what it’s essential know concerning the strike.

What companies are affected?

The hanging employees assist guarantee buses and SeaBuses work easily, which suggests each these companies is not going to run throughout the strike.

TransLink says not one of the routes operated by CMBC shall be operational, together with the 214 service between Blueridge and Phibbs Trade in North Vancouver, throughout the morning and night rush hours.

The 214 service will run at different instances of the day throughout the strike, nevertheless.

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Commuters react to Metro Vancouver bus strike

A number of Metro Vancouver residents stated Monday morning they did not notice buses weren’t operating as they stood ready at bus stops. Greater than 180 workers of the Coast Mountain Bus Firm walked off the job for 48 hours as of early Monday.

TransLink says its different companies — SkyTrain, West Coast Specific, HandyDART, West Vancouver Blue Bus and the Bowen Island and Langley group shuttles — will nonetheless run throughout the strike.

Nonetheless, CUPE Native 7000, which represents speedy transit and rail employees, despatched out a bulletin Sunday warning members of potential disruptions at SkyTrain.

Tony Rebelo with CUPE Native 7000 stated Sunday that members would not be crossing strains ought to they be arrange round SkyTrain stations.

The bulletin stated CUPE 4500 had made a Labour Relations Board grievance towards TransLink, the B.C. Speedy Transit Firm, West Coast Specific, and Protrans for making an attempt to “scale back the influence” on transit riders throughout the escalating strike motion.

A transit worker from the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 4500 sits in the rain during a strike in Burnaby, B.C., on Monday, Jan. 22, 2024.
A hanging transit employee from the Canadian Union of Public Staff Native 4500 sits within the rain Monday in Burnaby, B.C. (Ethan Cairns/The Canadian Press)


It is unclear when a ruling on the grievance would come. The British Columbia Labour Relations Board stated in an e mail to CBC Information that details about filed purposes is confidential. It stated the board didn’t have a listening to scheduled with CUPE 4500.

TransLink spokesperson Tina Lovgreen stated in an e mail that the firm expects all SkyTrain strains to “function as regular” Monday.

“Right now, CUPE Native 4500 can solely legally picket bus and SeaBus,” she stated.

Cornel Neagu with the Amalgamated Transit Union Native 134, which represents the North Shore’s Blue Bus drivers, stated members would not cross strains at hubs akin to Phibbs Trade. 

Based on TransLink knowledge, there have been 19.26 million bus boardings in January 2023, which averages out to simply over 620,000 day-after-day that month, although weekdays are normally busier.

How lengthy will the strike final?

The job motion is about to final for 48 hours, which suggests it can finish early Wednesday.

Whereas CUPE 4500 represents solely a small fraction of the greater than 6,000 employees at TransLink, bus drivers have stated they won’t cross the picket line within the occasion of their fellow employees hanging.

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North Vancouver employee unable to get to work due to strike

Marisol Villejas has taken the SeaBus into downtown Vancouver for the previous 15 years to work as a home cleaner. On Monday, she arrived to search out out she wouldn’t be capable of get to work due to a strike affecting buses and the SeaBus.

What alternate options do commuters have?

TransLink is recommending commuters carpool, cycle, stroll, or use the park and journey tons at sure SkyTrain stations in the event that they nonetheless want to connect with SkyTrain service on Monday.

Main faculties just like the College of British Columbia have introduced they’d not modify courses because of the strike, saying instructors must make preparations for his or her college students to study by way of different means.

The prospect is just not interesting to a commuter like Santiago Salamanca, who says he shall be left with out another choice throughout the strike.

“Having a taxi is dear,” he stated. “I can not use the taxi. I want to make use of the bus or the practice. It is higher for us.”

Marisol Villejas was equally stranded Monday morning as she stood within the Lonsdale SeaBus terminal with a vacuum and trolley of cleansing provides, hoping to cross the water to Vancouver the place she works as a cleaner. She cried when she realized the SeaBus was not coming.

“How can I survive right here with out work?” she stated.

Buses line the Vancouver Transit Centre as transit workers from the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 4500 strike in Vancouver, B.C., Monday, Jan. 22, 2024.
Parked buses line the Vancouver Transit Centre Monday as transit employees from the Canadian Union of Public Staff Native 4500 are on strike. (Ethan Cairns/The Canadian Press)

Why are employees hanging?

The union’s collective settlement with CMBC expired October 2022, and it says the employer has not provided wage parity with different workers within the system, and the corporate is just not recognizing their vital workload points.

CMBC has beforehand said that the union’s wage calls for are unrealistic, and the corporate has provided employees the identical wage enhance provided to 1000’s of its different workers.

CUPE consultant Liam O’Neill had beforehand stated employees usually labored extra time beyond regulation than straight hours, and that the wages sought by employees constituted lower than 0.05 per cent of CMBC’s 2024 price range for wages and salaries.

A close-up of the front of a bus with the sign saying "Not in service"
A bus close to Clark Avenue in Vancouver is pictured in January 2018. Buses and SeaBuses shall be off the roads for 2 days as a consequence of a transit strike starting Monday. (Ben Nelms/CBC)

CMBC spokesperson Mike Killeen stated Monday morning that the corporate provided an improved wage provide over the weekend and is dedicated to elevated time beyond regulation pay, stronger advantages and hiring an elevated variety of transit supervisors.

“So the provide that we have in entrance of them is honest, it is cheap in our view, and we actually hope they’ll come again to the bargaining desk. We’re out there anytime,” he stated.

“[The strike] is a gigantic inconvenience for individuals and we might strongly encourage the union to come back again to the desk and get this sorted out.”

Quite a few business our bodies have expressed concern over the influence of the strike, with the Surrey Board of Commerce saying in a Sunday assertion that the strike would compromise “employees, companies, and our economic system.”

TransLink CEO Kevin Quinn stated at a information convention at 1 p.m. that Translink was going through a structural deficit of $4.5 billion {dollars} over the following 10 years and the union’s wage calls for would trigger a “ripple impact” of elevated prices sooner or later.

“This isn’t the time to be combating for considerably greater than what everybody else received,” he stated.

CUPE Native 4500 says it can maintain a media availability at 2 p.m. PT.

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