B.C. Transit settles with bus union, one-day strike averted

Vicinity shuttle bus trials shifted to help create deal

B.C. Transit announced late Wednesday afternoon it had reached a tentative agreement with Canadian Auto Workers Local 333 that would bring to an end the long-running labour dispute.

Job action will end immediately and regular transit service will be returned to normal as soon as possible. With a tentative deal in place, the union agreed to cancel its plan for a one-day full shutdown of the transit system next Tuesday.

Ratification of the agreement by CAW members and the B.C. Transit board is expected to take place in the next few days.

The major issue from the union’s standpoint, the disposition of the newly purchased Vicinity shuttle buses and the pay and training for drivers who would operate them, has essentially been taken off the table. The company decided to move the trial of the Vicinity bus to areas outside of Greater Victoria.

Watch for updates to this story.

editor@vicnews.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Fall issue of Pearl now out

A treasure trove of Saanich Peninsula stories

North Saanich among six communities facing ‘chronic shortage’ of daycare spaces

Findings appear in a report that also analyzed daycare in Central Saanich and Sidney

VicPD looking for 17-year-old girl, believed to be in downtown Victoria

Circumstance under which she has gone missing are considered to be high-risk

New urgent, primary care health centre opens in Saanich come November

North Quadra area facility to provide same-day, ongoing care for folks without family doctors

Woman arrested for hit and run that left another vehicle in Colwood front lawn

The woman was issued a 24 hour driving prohibition and a ticket

VIDEO: B.C. to launch mouth-rinse COVID-19 test for kids

Test involves swishing and gargling saline in mouth and no deep-nasal swab

Man sentenced to 7 years for gas-and-dash death of Alberta gas station owner

Ki Yun Jo was killed after Mitchell Sydlowski sped off in a stolen cube van without paying for $198 of fuel

70-year-old punched in the head in dispute over disability parking space in Nanaimo

Senior’s turban knocked off in incident at mall parking lot

One person dead in two-vehicle accident in North Island

Highway 19A was closed for several hours north of Courtenay following the crash

CHARTS: Beyond Metro Vancouver, COVID-19 cases in B.C. haven’t increased much recently

COVID-19 case counts outside of Metro Vancouver have been level since July

Record-breaking 165 new COVID-19 cases diagnosed in B.C. in 24-hour period

Fifty-seven people are in hospital battling the novel coronavirus

B.C. teachers file Labour Relations Board application over COVID-19 classroom concerns

The application comes as B.C.’s second week of the new school year comes to a close

Young Canadians have curtailed vaping during pandemic, survey finds

The survey funded by Heart & Stroke also found the decrease in vaping frequency is most notable in British Columbia and Ontario

Long-term care need pressuring acute care in Comox Valley, Strathcona

Region could use a couple of large facilities for seniors on the north part of the Island

Most Read