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.

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tranist workers are underpaid
I don't know how much SkyTrain workers make but bus drivers make around $25/hr which is hard to live on here. If TransLink executives can make up to $400,000 for doing next to nothing, perhaps we can start to give transit workers the opportunity to climb to the top. Transit might work better if we had people with real pratical experience and common sense running things.
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Steve Y
transit workers are underpaid

Are you trying to be funny? 25$ an hour is ridiculously overpaid for bus drivers. What would they be doing if they weren't driving a bus? Mcdonald's for 8 $ an hour? Homeless on the streets?
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rush limbaugh's slippers
Mcdonald's for 8 $ an hour?

Are you trying to be funny? 8$ an hour is ridiculously overpaid for Mcdonald's workers. What would they be doing if they weren't working at McDonalds. Working in a Farmer's field in Abbotsford for $1 an hour.
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@Steve Y
OK, then TransLink executives are overpaid at $192/hr including perks and stuff.
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ds
Along with the goverment and the head of translink it's okay to give themselves huge wage incresaes, rebuild the highway to Wistler and buy eco friendly buses that don't work properly but when it comes to the people who make it all work you can go take a flying leap. Some times these greedy folks just don't think past their own pay cheaque.
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rush limbaugh's slippers
Working in a Farmer's field in Abbotsford for $1 an hour?

Are you trying to be funny? 1$ an hour is ridiculously overpaid for Farm workers. What would they be doing if they weren't working in a Farmer's field. Working in a Chinese factory for 50cents a day.

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Steve Y
Rush limbaugh's slippers are funny :)
And I agree the leadership of translink are overpaid as well.
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GregG
Working in a Chinese factory for 50cents a day?

Are you trying to be funny? 50cents a day is ridiculously overpaid Chinese factory workers. What would they be doing if they weren't working in a Chinese factory. They'd be on the internet writing Wikipedia articles for free.
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Therzo38
I take the bus regularly. Let's see some of you losers saying they're overpaid doing what they do. I've seen them put up with crap on a regular basis.

On top of that, they move the masses. They get people where they have to go. Any of you that think it's nothing at all, I'd like to see you last a day doing what they do. I wouldn't want to do it.
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jayeff
As a regular transit user, I can say that the drivers earn every penny of that money.

They are driving a 40 ft. vehicle navigating the streets of this city with all the idiot drivers in it all the while mindful of the 40+ passengers they are responsible for. Some of these passengers are drunk or high. A lot of the time they are standees. They are rude, and abusive, and just plain nasty to the drivers sometimes.

A good number of them are of the Steve Y ilk. $95/hr. wouldn't be enough to put up with him.
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Steve Y
The problem therzo, is we import people to work at min wage at 8 dollars an hour and then insist on paying the friggin' bus driver's 25$ an hour, teacher's 50$ an hour, policemen and firefighters 50$'s an hour while the private sector rots. This is unsustainable.
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Steve Y
I mean, if bus driver's deserve 25 dollars an hour, I guess accountants deserve 100 an hour, mcdonalds workers 25, carpenters 200, doctors 1000, nurses 1000000, i mean, where does it end?
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rush limbaugh's slippers
i mean, where does it end?

The first step Steve Y is to deprogram yourself. Money is not real. When you equate humans to dollars, you're saying that triangles are good drivers and unicorns run faster than yaks .
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what thwap said
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Steve Y
I haven't taken as much drugs as you guys have today so I'll simply say this. Yes, bus driver's deserve a decent living. The problem is when the public sector makes 2 to 3 times as much as a comparable person in the private sector, this becomes a problem. Bus driver's coming to work in their lexus's to drive people around forced to take the bus.
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Evil Eye
So, what if the Skytrain workers go on strike, according to the likes of CKNW's Bill Good and other media types, Skytrain doesn't need any employees at all, it automated, you just flick a switch and it runs all day long.

Could it be that they are telling some "porkie pies", because that what they are told to say?
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