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Union demands will cost more than half-a-billion dollars

November 01, 2019

Union is seeking $608 million on top of CMBC’s offer

Statement from Mike McDaniel, President of Coast Mountain Bus Company:

“We are urging the union to return to the bargaining table so we can come to a reasonable deal and end today’s job action, which is benefitting no one. New analysis shows that union demands would amount to more than half-a-billion dollars over 10-years. This is funding that would otherwise be used for transit improvement and expansion. Our current offer on the table is fair and reasonable, exceeding public sector settlements in British Columbia. Union representatives have repeatedly refused our suggestion of a third-party mediator to help resolve the situation.”

Background:

  • On top of what CMBC is currently offering, the union is demanding an additional $608 million in wages, benefits, and working conditions over 10-years.
  • Under our current offer to the union Maintenance Trade employees would see wage increases of more than 12% [12.2%] over 4 years.
  • Under our current offer to the union Transit Operators would see wage increases of nearly 10% [9.6%] over 4 years.
  • In addition to the above, we have enhanced the benefit package and improved working conditions – specifically targeting recovery time.

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