SkyTrain workers ratify three-year contract

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      Unionized SkyTrain workers have ratified a new contract with the B.C. Rapid Transit Company, a TransLink subsidiary.

      The three-year deal includes wage hikes of two percent in each of the first two years and 1.75 percent in the third year.

      According to a CUPE news release, Local 7000 members voted 72 percent in favour of the contract.

      "The contract also includes improvements to maternity benefits and the employees’ extended health plan. Employer-proposed changes to retirement benefits and the employee sick plan were dropped," the release states.

      The two sides had reached a tentative deal in nonbinding mediation at the B.C. Labour Relations Board, after talks broke off and workers voted to strike.

      CUPE Local 7000 represents 537 SkyTrain operators, attendants, trades and maintenance workers, office staff, and dispatchers who work on the Expo and Millennium SkyTrain lines.