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Job action by SkyTrain union to start Tuesday with full shutdown

Last Updated Dec 9, 2019 at 6:29 am PDT

Summary

If you catch the SkyTrain, your morning commute could get ugly on Tuesday

CUPE 700 says if no deal is reached, that's when they will begin a full withdrawal of services

The union issued 72-hour strike notice Friday

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – If you use the SkyTrain, your morning commute could get ugly next week.

CUPE 7000, the union representing SkyTrain employees, says if no deal is reached by 5 a.m. Tuesday, the Expo and Millennium lines will be shut down for three days, until 5 a.m. Friday, Dec. 13.

It comes after the union issued a 72-hour strike notice on Friday, which followed 40 days of bargaining with the BC Rapid Transit Company including four days of mediation.

The union says the decision to follow with a strike came after “no significant progress had been made.”

“We understand that this is a massive action that will cause a great deal of inconvenience to our passengers, which is why we hope we can still reach an agreement before Tuesday morning,” Tony Rebelo, president of CUPE 7000 says. “It’s time to get a deal done.”

Michel Ladrak, President of BCRTC says it’s extremely disappointing that SkyTrain workers have taken a “drastic step.”

“It is completely unacceptable the union has chosen to use the 150,000 people who use the Expo and Millennium Lines each weekday as leverage,” he says in a release.

“BCRTC remains committed to getting a deal done. We will continue bargaining until the last moment to avoid this unnecessary and disruptive job action.”

The strike will not disrupt service on the Canada Line or West Coast Express.