20 SeaBus sailings are cancelled today due to transit strike

Nov 2 2019, 9:48 am

Commuters who rely on the SeaBus should prepare for more cancellations as transit workers proceed with the second day of job action.

According to a statement from TransLink, there will be 20 sailing cancellations in the afternoon between 4:15 pm and 9:15 pm.

This will result in sailings every 30 minutes between 4:15 pm and 9:15 pm, instead of sailings every 15 minutes. The regular 30-minute service will then continue until the final sailing.

The cancellations come after talks between Coast Mountain Bus Company and the union representing TransLink’s bus drivers and SeaBus workers broke off on Thursday.  The first phase of job action began yesterday.

Encompassing nearly 5,000 employees, the first phase includes a uniform ban by transit operators and an overtime ban by maintenance workers.

The uniform ban entails that bus drivers on all routes will stop wearing the CMBC uniform, with the goal of increasing conversations and awareness of the ongoing negotiations with passengers.

The overtime ban means that CMBC technicians and skilled trades workers will refuse overtime shifts, which according to Unifor, will “gradually increase pressure on the system.”

On Thursday, the union warned that if an agreement was not reached, the overtime ban could “quickly lead to fewer buses on the road and could also affect Seabus service,” due to a buildup in repairs and maintenance jobs.

With files from Eric Zimmer.