SkyTrain workers hold strike vote
The people who run and maintain the SkyTrain are holding a strike vote today (February 11).
According to Bill Magri, vice president of CUPE Local 7000, the union representing the rapid-transit workers, negotiations for a new contract broke off on January 28.
The union has 530 members. These include SkyTrain attendants, control room operators, administration staff, and maintenance-of-way and eco-maintenance workers.
Magri told the Straight in a phone interview that the employer, British Columbia Rapid Transit Company, has applied for mediation.
“The next step will be to meet again with the company in front of the mediator,” Magri said from the union’s Burnaby headquarters. “We don’t know when that will be. We’re hoping it will be sooner or not.”
If the workers vote in favour of a strike, the union can serve 72-hour notice before going on a work stoppage.
However, Magri indicated that the union has no plans of immediately serving a strike notice.
“We’re nowhere near doing that yet,” he said. “At this point, we have no plans of serving the strike notice.”
Magri declined to discuss the issues involved in the contract negotiation.