A wave of relief has passed over tens of thousands of Metro Vancouver residents after a three-day SkyTrain shutdown was cancelled.
On Tuesday morning, CUPE 7000, the union representing Expo Line and Millennium Line employees, and TransLink subsidiary BC Rapid Transit Company reached a tentative agreement.
The deal was reached just before 5 am, avoiding what would have been a three-day shutdown.
BREAKING: We’re pleased to share BC Rapid Transit Company and CUPE 7000 have reached a negotiated, tentative deal. Please expect delays while BCRTC works towards providing regular schedules on the Expo and Millennium Lines today, Dec. 10. Please stay tuned for updates. pic.twitter.com/xhCXS2d2zg
— TransLink BC (@TransLink) December 10, 2019
As a result of the tentative agreement, Metro Vancouver’s transit network will operate as per usual, much to the joy of it’s few hundred thousand riders.
Here’s how Metro Vancouverites reacted to another strike being avoided:
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YASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!! THANK YOU JESUS!!!
I WONT FAIL MY CLASSSES!!!!!
— ComfyCouch55 (@Comfort46711985) December 10, 2019
— Mischa (@mimischap) December 10, 2019
@TransLink – no sweeter sound than an approaching skytrain this morning 🙂 so spoiled! Thanks to everyone that negotiated through the night.
— Nadia (@StrucEngr) December 10, 2019
Good morning overpaid union gangsters:) @TransLink
— CC (CDRivard) (@advocat04826799) December 10, 2019
This is not cool. Second time in row you say strike, we plan things and not even last minute but on the morning of strike you say it’s called off. Make up your mind and don’t play with us
— Siddharth K Varadan (@sidkvar) December 10, 2019
@CUPEBC You’re such a strong union! I hope this agreement meets the needs of your members. Good luck with your continued negotiations! @TransLink Support your workers don’t win the battle to lose the war. 👏 Thx for keeping our lives on track ( #skytrain) https://t.co/jWBGUFhjb5
— Amber Devlin Ⓥ (@AmberDevlin01) December 10, 2019
And again the Collective barginning process worked again without the government stepping in! 😊
— Gordon Jenkins (@gordonjenkins49) December 10, 2019
Same old tricks, come on, 21st Century already! Think more about the people’s interests, not just for yourselves
— Randy Su (@RandySu84) December 10, 2019
Looks like someone realized that public sentiment wasn’t remotely on their side
— Da’Rok the Kinless (@DaRoktheKinless) December 10, 2019
Yall are grown ass people so stop using the public as negotiating pawns. None of us have that luxury and so we don’t use people for clout.
— Michael Morgan (@scotinthecity) December 10, 2019