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SkyTrain union set to reveal extent of potential job action

FILE (CityNews Vancouver)
Summary

More to come late Saturday morning about potential job action being considered by Skytrain workers

CUPE says it has taken the action because there has been no significant progress in contract talks on key issues

The uncertainty of the possible strike is making some commuters nervous, and wondering what to do if the worst happens

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The union representing over 900 SkyTrain workers is set to release more information about potential job action after they issued 72-hour strike notice Friday.

CUPE 7000, the union representing SkyTrain employees, will reveal how far they’re planning to take job action on Monday, at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

The union says they have decided to deliver the notice to strike because there has been no significant progress in contract talks on key issues. It’s been bargaining with the BC Rapid Transit Company for 40-days, including 4-days of mediation.

The big issues for the union surround wages, forced overtime, and staffing levels among others.

WATCH: SkyTrain union issues strike notice

Since the announcement, President of BC Rapid Transit Co Michel Ladrak says he is disappointed a strike notice was issued.

“While we are disappointed by this development, BCRTC and CUPE will continuing bargaining through the weekend,” he says. “We are hopeful and committed to reaching a fair deal without disrupting the valuable service we provide to the residents of this region.”

In the event of a strike, service on the West Coast Express and Canada Line would not be impacted as workers are represented by a different union.

– Files from Jonathan Szekeres, Tarnjit Parmar and Lauren Boothby