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Tentative agreement reached in Sea to Sky transit strike, union says

Transit workers will vote to ratify on May 30
Sea to Sky transit workers at a rally in Whistler Village on Feb. 18.

After 119 days, the Sea to Sky transit strike appears to be coming to an end.

The union representing transit workers announced in a release on Friday night that it signed a tentative agreement with BC Transit third-party contractor PW Transit during a mediated session of negotiations on May 27.

“Transit workers in the Sea to Sky went on strike to address deeply unfair disparity between their wages and benefits and what is paid in other regions,” said Gavin McGarrigle, Unifor Western Regional Director in the release. “Local 114 members maintained a solid picket line and grew community support for their fight. I think they’ve accomplished a lot in these negotiations and demonstrated the importance of regional transit to these communities.”

The tentative agreement is unanimously recommended by the Local 114 bargaining committee. Transit operators in Squamish, Whistler, and Pemberton will vote on the agreement on May 30. Once ratified, service will resume when it is safe to do so. Details of the agreement will be released following ratification.

The job action has been ongoing since Jan. 29.

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