CUPE 7000, the union that represents 900 SkyTrain workers, announced that it had reached a preliminary agreement with the BC Rapid Transit Company (SkyTrain) and would no longer go on strike. The new four-year agreement, retroactive to September 1, 2019, contains several improvements to improve accessibility and pay equity in the various professions represented by SkyTrain employees. The contract provides for a general wage increase of 3 percent per year. Another Metro Vancouver transit union, MoveUP B.C, is still without a contract. BURNABY, BC, Dec. 22, 2019 /CNW/ – CUPE 7,000 members have ratified the union`s preliminary agreement with the BC Rapid Transit Company (SkyTrain). The agreement was reached at the end of a nightly negotiation meeting and negotiated on 10 December, with the complete closure of the Expo and Millennium lines only just a minute away. «We could not have reached this agreement without the commitment of the members of the Committee, whose determination has remained firm in difficult circumstances.» The Canada Line`s 150 employees work under the BC Government and Service Employees Union (BCGEU), which has a collective agreement with ProTrans BC. ProTrans BC, a subsidiary of SNC-Lavalin Inc., is the private operator of Canada Line under a 31-year operations and maintenance contract. The BCGEU represents more than 80,000 members in 550 bargaining units in the private sector and the public service. The Dec.

10 agreement followed another angry strike vote by Metro Vancouver bus drivers and maintenance workers. This strike was also averted at the eleventh hour, when the bus and coach workers` union and the employer agreed on a contract in the early morning hours of 27 November. The collective agreement between ProTrans BC and BCGEU applies from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2019. However, if the contract expires, the union will continue to work under the terms of the agreement until a new contract is concluded. The deal itself came earlier this month, after a nightly negotiating session that stretched into the early hours of the morning and narrowly avoided a complete three-day closure of the Expo and Millennium lines. The shutdown of the system was stopped on Tuesday at 5.m a.m., and normal operation was scheduled to resume Friday at 5.m. However, a new provisional agreement was reached early in the morning, following a marathon session of negotiations between the two sides. In 2015, Canada Line employees voted in favour of strikes, but were able to reach an agreement with ProTrans BC before the deadline.