SkyTrain workers’ union calls strike vote amid stalled contract negotiaions

There’s more potential trouble brewing for Metro Vancouver commuters: the union representing SkyTrain workers has called a strike vote.

CUPE Local 7000 says it called the vote after the BC Rapid Transit Company (BCRTC), the TransLink subsidiary which operates SkyTrain, rejected the union’s latest proposal for bargaining dates.

The union’s 900 members have been without a contract since the end of August.

The union says BCRTC claimed it was open to further bargaining, but turned down offers by its members to negotiate prior to scheduled mediation later this month.

“However, the chief negotiator for BCRTC rejected those dates, didn’t offer alternate dates, and stated that the Company will only meet us at mediation,” said union president Tony Rebelo.

“The BCRTC is clearly saying one thing publicly and another thing privately.”

Rebelo refused to speculate on what the first stages of job action would look like, saying only that the union was focused on a settlement that avoids service disruption.

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