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Both sides in Metro Vancouver's transit strike continue to negotiate after failing to reach deal

Last Updated Nov 13, 2019 at 6:14 pm PDT

FILE: A bus is pictured in downtown Vancouver, Friday, November, 1, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Metro Vancouver transit workers and Coast Mountain Bus company continue to negotiate but have not made a deal

This comes nearly two weeks since job action, which led to cancellations of SeaBus sailings

SURREY (NEWS 1130) – Both sides in Metro Vancouver’s transit strike are still talking but there’s no sign of a deal being reached right now.

The first day of bargaining since job action started almost two weeks ago has been intense and took up much of the day on Wednesday.

Union leaders with Unifor and negotiators for the Coast Mountain Bus Company spent much of Wednesday exchanging proposals after meeting separately to discuss offers.

Following 13 days of job action which includes a ban on overtime by maintenance workers, talks have yet to break off.

Both sides have expressed a willingness to keep meeting on Thursday.

Unifor’s chief negotiator has already suggested job action will escalate Friday if a tentative deal is not reached by then.