End in sight to Sea to Sky transit strike with unions vote today

Unifor Local 114 votes today on a set of regulations recommended by special mediator Vince Ready

An end to the longest transit strike in BC history is potentially in sight, with the union representing Sea to Sky transit workers voting on a settlement package today.

In an email, a spokesperson for Unifor Local 114 confirmed that union members will vote Tuesday, June 14 on a settlement recommended by special mediator Vince Ready, who was appointed by Labor Minister Harry Bains. last month to help resolve the 137-day strike. .

Both parties had up to 10 days of negotiation to reach a mediated settlement, after which each party had five days to accept or reject the offer. Wednesday, June 15 represents the fifth and final day for the parties to decide. If Unifor members ultimately accept the proposed deal, the employer and contractor BC Transit Pacific Western Transportation (PWT) won’t make their decision until tomorrow.

Ready, a heavyweight in BC labor circles who has handled thousands of labor and trade disputes across Canada, was named just a day after Unifor Local 114 rejected the latest offer proposed by PWT in a close 36-32 vote. While not obligated to do so, Unifor has committed to put Ready’s non-binding recommendations to a vote. The Unifor spokesperson said the results of the vote are expected to be announced at 1 p.m. today.

The longest transit strike in British Columbia dates back to 2001, when the then Liberal government mandated the return of buses to the road in Metro Vancouver after 123 days.

Come back with prick for more as this story develops.

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