Unifor says transit operators will proceed with overtime ban after talks break down with TransLink's bus company

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      Metro Vancouver bus riders could experience delays in the coming days as a result of an ongoing labour dispute.

      That's because contract talks have again broken down between Coast Mountain Bus Company and Unifor.

      As a result, transit operators in Unifor Local 111 will begin an overtime ban on Friday (November 15).

      According to Unifor, this could disrupt 10 to 15 percent of bus routes.

      It comes after what the company is calling a "historic offer".

      This includes at least 40 minutes of scheduled recovery time for each shift—and double time for each minute that they don't receive below 40 minutes.

      The union does not represent transit operators on the West Vancouver blue bus system, so that service won't see any changes.

      For the past two weeks, bus drivers in Local 111 have not been wearing uniforms to work to express their displeasure with the company's offer.

      They receive $63,589.50 per year on a 37.5-hour work week.

      The company says it's offering a raise of more than $6,000, bringing that the top pay level to $69,900 over four years.

      Transit operators are seeking wage parity with Toronto transit operators, as well as better working conditions.

      Meanwhile, skilled-trades workers in Unifor Local 2200 at Coast Mountain Bus Company have been refusing to work overtime for two weeks.

      They receive $78,175.76 per year before overtime, based on a 37.5-hour work week. The company says it's prepared to raise their top level of pay to $88,000 over four years.

      This overtime ban has led to the cancellation of dozens of SeaBus sailings between Waterfront Station in Vancouver and Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver.

      There's also been an impasse in negotiations between CUPE Local 7000, which represents SkyTrain workers, and B.C. Rapid Transit Company.

      The CUPE workers are not yet in a legal strike position.

      MoveUP workers at Coast Mountain Bus Company are also without a contract.

      The B.C. Rapid Transit Company and Coast Mountain Bus Company are both wholly owned subsidiaries of TransLink.

      The bus company has said that it's offered a 9.6-percent wage hike over four years to transit operators in Unifor Local 111.

      Management has also offered a 12.2-percent raise over four years to skilled trades workers in Unifor Local 2200.

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