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Bus, SeaBus workers' union set to announce strike action escalation Wednesday

Last Updated Nov 19, 2019 at 1:11 pm PST

A TransLink trolley bus, operated by Coast Mountain Bus Company, in downtown Vancouver on a rainy November morning in 2019. (Monika Gul/NEWS 1130)

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Escalating job action by bus drivers, and SeaBus and maintenance workers will be announced Wednesday morning.

Unifor – the union representing bus drivers, and SeaBus and maintenance workers – says they have still been unable to reach an agreement with Coast Mountain Bus Company, and are now escalating job action because of “a failure by the employer to make new offers at the bargaining table.”

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No details on what that action will look like have been given.

Unifor says its members will be getting strike training, including preparation for picket lines following the announcement.

Last week, the union announced an overtime ban by bus drivers would continue this week, including Wednesday Nov. 20 and Friday Nov. 22.

The union has previously said it’s not ruling out any job action at this point, including a full strike, since it began Nov. 1. The union has said it would give riders plenty of notice before further disruptions.