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.
Bargaining between @UniforCanada and Coast Mountain Bus Company happening behind these doors at #SurreyBC hotel. Talks expected to continue tomorrow. Today marks Day 13 of job action causing delays and service disruptions namely for seabus commuters. #transitstrike @NEWS1130 pic.twitter.com/E7X1xrRupu
— Marcella Bernardo (@Bernardo1130) November 13, 2019
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.