Transit riders can breathe a sigh of relief. Unionized SkyTrain workers and their employer have announced a tentative three-year contract, Thus avoiding a strike that would have affected two of three rapid transit lines in Metro Vancouver.
Talk between the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and the BC Rapid Transit Company broke down at the tail end of February. Towards the end of March, union members voted in favour of a strike.
The tentative deal was reached on April 2, 2014. The deal includes:
- Wage increases of two per cent in each of the first two years
- 1.75-per-cent wage hike in the third year.
- Improvements to maternity benefits and the extended health plan