“Sunday premiums” for Metro Vancouver bus drivers and others who work on the transit system has long been a contentious issue.
Now comes word that Coast Mountain Bus Company wants it gone.
In a memo to drivers from their union, which is Unifor local 1-11, it says “the key concessionary issues tabled by the Company involve removal of Sunday premiums, which will negatively affect current and future members.”
Right now the collective agreement says any bus driver who works on a Sunday receives 25% more in pay.
The memo also say the Company refuses to address contracting out and job security.
In response to this story, Coast Mountain Bus Company says they’re committed to a negotiated settlement.
“Over the past several weeks, the Company and union have been working hard to renew our collective agreement. We’re committed to an acceptable negotiated settlement but to protect the integrity of the process, we will not be negotiating through the media.”
Bus drivers take a strike vote Thursday.