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Metro Vancouver Bus drivers, workers set strike vote

Last Updated Apr 19, 2016 at 9:16 pm PDT

(Photo credit: Dustin Godfrey for NEWS 1130)

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — More than 4,500 Metro Vancouver bus drivers, maintenance and trades workers are showing how serious they are about wanting better wages, work schedules and benefits.

Union members have been told a strike vote is being readied for April 28th.

Unifor Local 111 president Nathan Woods says in the past five years, the system has been crunched with additional riders and traffic.

“All of that has come at the expense of recovery time for our members, we don’t get scheduled breaks, so we speed up essentially more work, more demands, and there‚Äôs no relief in the employers proposals.”

If you take transit, Woods says don’t expect anyone to walk off the job immediately as the Union would like to get back to bargaining with Coast Mountain Bus Company, a TransLink subsidiary.

“At the end of the day, I suspect that we’ll be able to go to the employer with a strong mandate by our members to say, they are in support of the bargaining community trying to negotiate an agreement with the employer that is fair.”

Local 111 and 2200, which includes trades and SeaBus workers, will both take part in the strike vote.