CAW Locals 111 & 2200 Reach New Agreement with Coast Mountain Bus Company

January 30, 2013, 4:15 PM EST

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Metro Vancouver's two major transit union locals, CAW Locals 111 and 2200, have reached a tentative three-year collective agreement with the Coast Mountain Bus Company, a subsidiary of TransLink.

Over 4,700 transit operators, mechanics, maintenance and SeaBus workers represented by the two CAW locals will be asked to ratify the contract in votes scheduled for February 5. The tentative agreement is being unanimously recommended by the union's bargaining committee.

"This round of bargaining has been tough going given the tight funding dilemma for public transit, audits and political uncertainty," said Joe Elworthy, president of CAW Local 2200, which represents mechanics, maintenance and SeaBus workers.

Don MacLeod, president of CAW 111, which represents transit operators, said the agreement came after extended bargaining into early Wednesday morning.

"We are pleased to have reached a no-concessions contract in line with public sector wage guidelines," said MacLeod.

"We are also glad to get to a tentative contract without taking any job action or any service disruption to Metro Vancouver transit riders," MacLeod says. "If this agreement is ratified by the membership we can start working on solving problems with the transit system, including reducing pass-ups, overcrowding and the lack of late night bus service."

Ratification meetings will be held at three membership-only meetings on February 5 with results expected to be released later that night, MacLeod said.

No further details of the tentative agreement will be released until the union consults with its members on February 5 and conducts its ratification vote, he said.

The CAW 111 and 2200 collective agreement expired March 31, 2012 following a one year extension agreement from March 2011.

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