Update on Blue Bus Labour Negotiations: September 6, 2022
The District of West Vancouver remains committed to reaching a fair agreement with the ATU, and a solution that best serves our travelling public and Blue Bus employees.
On August 30, the District asked the ATU if they would return to the bargaining table on September 6 with the assistance of a mediator as we believed recent progress indicated that a productive conversation could occur. It is disappointing that the Union declined to participate in mediated bargaining in favour of escalating strike action, which will result in a loss of income for Blue Bus employees and inconvenience to the travelling public.
On September 2, the ATU wrote to the District to request that the matter be referred to arbitration. The District is in the process of reviewing and responding to this request.
The ATU has advised that escalated job action will commence September 8, which may include picketing at Park Royal or full or partial withdrawal of services. Coast Mountain Bus Company buses will continue providing regular service on North Shore on bus routes R2 and 257, as their drivers are not on strike and have a different employer.
The District appreciates this advance notice so that we can inform the travelling public to make other travel plans as necessary. Due to ongoing and the potential further service disruptions, we encourage transit users to use TransLink’s trip planner and to visit their website for the most current information.
The District wishes to avoid strike action of any kind. We have put forward a strong proposal package to the Union and are optimistic that our employees will be able to review this and appreciate and understand the improvements it contains. Mayor and Council do not have any direct role in the process of negotiation.
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Carrie Gadsby, Communications Advisor