A dispute over wages could irritate some BCAA customers this summer.
“The public is not at risk, but they will be if our members are locked out and not on the job.”
Heather Lee, a Vice-President with COPE 378, says 70 employees responsible for dispatching tow truck drivers to roadside assistance calls have been working without a contract since September.
She says they’re working 40-hours a week, but being paid the same as other BCAA staff working 35-hours a week.
“We’re looking for a fair contract. It’s a question of equity. It’s a question of fairness. There seems to be a double standard here at play.”
Lee says the union gave notice of limited job action last week and lockout notice was issued Friday… after employees deliberately violated the company’s dress code by wearing hats to work.
Officials with BCAA have not yet been available for comment, but Lee says the lockout is slated to take effect at 4pm today.