New Agreement Ratified at Coast Mountain Bus in Vancouver

February 7, 2013, 3:50 PM EST

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CAW Local 111 and 2200 members have ratified with an 88 per cent vote a new three-year no-concessions collective agreement with the Coast Mountain Bus Company, a subsidiary of TransLink, which serves Metro Vancouver.

The two locals represent more than 4,700 transit operators, mechanics, maintenance and SeaBus workers.

Don MacLeod, president of CAW 111, which represents transit operators, said the new contract was reached with no concessions after tough bargaining but that the union negotiated improvements to address concerns about pass-ups, overcrowding and lack of night bus service.

 "Our members will work with Coast Mountain Bus Company and TransLink to find the sustainable funding that will improve service, reduce traffic congestion and make public transit a viable option for more and more people," MacLeod said.

 Joe Elworthy, president of CAW Local 2200, which represents mechanics, maintenance and SeaBus workers, said the new contract also deals with important issues for his members.

 "This contract provides new language and new approaches that will help ensure Coast Mountain retains skilled trades and other workers and keeps all parts of the system moving for our riders," Elworthy said.

MacLeod added that both sides also want to dramatically reduce violent attacks against bus drivers after a series of vicious assaults in the past few years, to ensure that driver safety is paramount. And Coast Mountain and CAW are committed to finding ways to accommodate injured workers returning to the job.

The new contract expires March 31, 2015. The agreement follows provincial wage guidelines and provides members with a 2 per cent wage increase in the second year and a 2 per cent wage increase in the third year, MacLeod said. 

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