Sigh of relief: Metro Vancouver reacts to end of transit strike

Nov 27 2019, 6:08 am

Metro Vancouver residents were able to breathe a sigh of relief after news broke early Wednesday morning that the three-dayΒ transit shutdown had been cancelled.

Just after 12:30 am on Wednesday, a tentative deal was reached between the union and TransLink subsidiary Coast Mountain Bus Company (CMBC), meaning 5,000 bus and SeaBus workers would be back on the job.

While there is no shutdown and all labour action has come to a conclusion, TransLink says there could be some service disruptions in the morning, as it will likely take some time to ramp up CMBC’s operations and staffing levels back to normal after such short notice.

Last week, Unifor β€” the union representing transit workers β€” threatened a three-day β€œcomplete transit shutdown” beginning on Wednesday, November 27, if a β€œfair” deal with CMBC had not been reached.

Residents shared their concerns about the possible transit shutdown with Daily Hive, noting that the lack of service would severely impact their daily routines and ability to reach school and work.

Luckily, the impending transit crisis in Metro Vancouver has been averted and Unifor saysΒ its members are being told to report to work for their normal shifts on Wednesday.

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