SkyTrain workers issue 72-hour strike notice

The union representing approximately 900 Metro Vancouver SkyTrain workers has issued a 72-hour-strike notice.

There are no details yet on what job action could look like, but CUPE 7000 says it will provide an update Saturday at 11 a.m.

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Canada Line and West Coast Express would not affected be affected as those workers are represented by a different union.

In a statement, CUPE 7000 said no significant progress has been made on key issues of wages, forced overtime, staffing levels and trades adjustment language after four full days of mediation with employer BC Rapid Transit Company (BCRTC). The union added the two parties are still bargaining.

“We are still committed to reaching an agreement at the table, and our committee will make itself available day and night, over the weekend, to reach a fair deal without any interruption of service,” said CUPE 7000 president Tony Rebelo.

In a statement, BCRTC said it is “disappointed” by the strike notice, but will continue to bargain with CUPE 7000 over the weekend. The union has also not notified BCRTC what form the job action will take.

The union voted 96.8 per cent in favour of a strike mandate Nov. 21 after talks broke down with BCRTC.

SkyTrain workers — including attendants, control operators, administrators and maintenance and technical staff on the Millenium and Expo lines — have been without a contract since Aug. 31.

The strike notice comes just one day after Unifor, which represents over 5,000 bus operators, Seabus and maintenance workers voted 84.3 per cent in favour of a three-year agreement.    

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