B.C. Transit drivers approve new contract

Union will now focus on improving pass-ups, overcrowding, says local president

Canadian Auto Workers 333 members have voted 93 per cent in favour of ratifying their new two-year contract with B.C. Transit.

The collective agreement, struck last week, ends months of negotiations as well as an overtime ban that began Oct. 22.

CAW 333 local president Ben Williams thanked transit users for their patience during job action.

“We said from the outset that we had a dispute with BC Transit, not our valued riders and that we would do everything we could to avoid a full-scale job action,” he said.

“It’s a good news story now for everyone – bus riders, CAW Local 333 members, Greater Victoria and B.C. Transit as well.”

The union’s next goal is to work with B.C Transit and the provincial government to reduce pass-ups, overcrowding and lack of night bus service, Williams added.

The union represents more than 650 bus drivers, mechanics and maintenance workers in the Capital Region.

dpalmer@vicnews.com

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