VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – After several days without talks, Coast Mountain Bus Company and the union representing transit workers are resuming negotiations Wednesday, hoping to avoid an escalation of job action later this week that could see serious impacts to bus service.
Coast Mountain says it’s optimistic the two sides can find common ground, adding it’s heard from customers and employees that they want both parties to find a solution.
“While our current offer is in excess of public sector settlements in British Columbia today, we are open to improving our overall proposal at the bargaining table. This includes building on the proposal we’ve already put forward to improve working conditions,” President of Coast Mountain Bus Company Michael McDaniel said in a news release.
“We know that compromise by both sides will be necessary to reach a deal. Further job action will continue to disrupt service and affect tens of thousands of transit users.”
Ten SeaBus sailings are cancelled Wednesday afternoon and evening, and dozens of bus trips have been cancelled.
Bus drivers are continuing to refuse to wear their uniforms in protest, and maintenance and SeaBus workers aren’t doing any overtime.