West Vancouver transit workers ratify new contract, averting potential job action

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The possibility of a transit disruption in West Vancouver has been averted.

The union representing Blue Bus drivers and mechanics voted 88 per cent in favor of a New Year’s contract with the West Vancouver district on Wednesday.

“We would like to thank all of our union members for their strong support and all of our valued riders in the West Vancouver District for their support in our efforts to negotiate a fair collective agreement,” ATU Local 134 president Cornel Neagu said in a statement.

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“We are pleased to have reached a new contract without being forced to take action and look forward to providing our passengers with an even better transport service thanks to improvements in working conditions.”

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The vote came just over a week after the union voted 96 percent in favor of potential job action.

Members called for better working conditions and benefits in line with what their counterparts in the Coast Mountain Bus Company receive.

The union represents 150 members who operate 64 buses in the West Vancouver system.

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