The ratification ended this afternoon after four days of electronic voting. “This ratification concludes a very difficult round of negotiations and reflects the strong mandate our negotiating committee has received from members,” said Tony Rebelo, President of CUPE 7000. “Without the commitment of the members of the Committee, whose determination remained firm in difficult circumstances, we would not have been able to reach this agreement.” “Without the commitment of the members of the Committee, whose resolve has remained firm in difficult circumstances, we would not have been able to reach this agreement,” Rebelo said in a statement. “It`s been a long night for me and for the rest of our crew behind me,” CUPE 7000 President Tony Rebelo said Tuesday morning. “We are pleased to have reached an agreement.” After the union representing SkyTrain`s 900 employees reached an agreement with the BC Rapid Transit Company (BCRTC) earlier this month, ratification of the new agreement was completed after four days of electronic voting. “We`re going to go back up and end the song of the agreement, and we`re going to get a well-deserved sleep,” he said, adding that after several hours of negotiations, he was feeling good but tired. A three-day strike by SkyTrain workers was averted thanks to a new interim agreement reached early in the morning after a marathon round of negotiations between CUPE 7000 and the BC Rapid Transit Company (SkyTrain). “Both sides worked long and hard throughout the weekend, monday and Tuesday morning to reach this agreement,” Rebelo said of the new agreement, which was reached shortly before 5 .m, as a full closure of the Expo and Millennium lines was due to begin. Instead, normal service will resume shortly.
The threat of a De SkyTrain stop came just days after a possible strike by the bus and La SeaBus was averted at Metro Vancouver. Union Bus and SeaBus employees last week ratified an agreement with the Coast Mountain Bus Company, after reaching an interim agreement in an eleventh-hour agreement at the end of November. Details of the preliminary agreement will not be published until both sides have ratified it, but CUPE 7000 President Tony Rebelo said the 11-hour agreement is a long way to resolve many of the union`s concerns in the latest round of negotiations. The union representing Metro Vancouver SkyTrain employees has ratified its new contract with the BC Rapid Transit Company (BCRTC), officially ending transit problems in the region. The union explained that the new four-year contract, which is retroactive to September 1, 2019, contains “several improvements to improve accessibility and pay equity in the various occupations” of SkyTrain employees. The contract provides for an overall increase of 3% per year. The union said the new agreement includes an overall wage increase of 3 percent per year over the four years of the agreement. According to the union, the contract also covers “accessibility and pay equity in the various occupations represented by SkyTrain employees.” The formal ratification of the agreement will take place following a last-minute interim agreement reached on 10 December at around 05:00 to avoid the complete closure of only a few minutes.