Metro Vancouver’s public transit riders ought to put together for a doable disruption in service on SkyTrain Canada Line as early as 4 pm on Monday afternoon, coinciding with the beginning of the afternoon peak rush.
In a bulletin this morning, TransLink says it’s anticipating a possible service disruption as a result of labour motion of Canada Line staff underneath the BC Authorities and Service Staff’ Union (BCGEU), which offered a 72-hour discover of labour motion final Friday.
BCGEU members are employed by the personal operator of the Canada Line, Protrans BC, which is a subsidiary of Quebec engineering large SNC-Lavalin.
Any labour motion of BCGEU members is predicted to lead to a shutdown of the Canada Line. Companies on the Expo Line and Millennium Line is not going to be affected as they’re operated individually, and underneath the CUPE 7000 union.
Passengers are suggested to make use of Google Journey Planner for alternate bus routes.
“Unionized workers are in a authorized place to start job motion at 4 pm… TransLink is working with Coast Mountain Bus Firm to watch buyer volumes. They could improve service on some current routes, if essential,” reads the bulletin.
“We hope Protrans and its workers will come to an settlement and keep away from any impression on our prospects who depend on our service in such a crucial time.”
Each events returned to the bargaining desk on Sunday, however there are not any updates on their progress.
BCGEU is asking for improved sick depart, contract size, and wage parity with COPE 7000, which reached a final minute deal for his or her staff in December 2019, avoiding an entire shutdown of the Expo and Millennium strains, which is operated by TransLink subsidiary BC Fast Transit Firm.
About 180 staff on the Canada Line represented by BCGEU have been with out a contract because the finish of 2019.
As a result of COVID-19, ridership on the Canada Line, as of the tip of November 2020, has been hovering at about 32% of its regular ranges. Previous to the pandemic, it noticed about 150,000 common boardings per weekday.