A change at the top of the Metro Vancouver bus driver’s union.
Unifor Local 111 President Nathan Woods has been voted out by the membership.
His successor will be Steve Sutherland.
Woods will go back to driving buses.
Woods will, however, remain on the bargaining committee for now, as drivers try and hammer out a new contract with Coast Mountain Bus Company.
Two key issues on the table: contracting-out of maintenance work and improving working conditions. The company also reportedly wants “Sunday premiums” scrapped.
In April, unions vote overwhelmingly to give leadership a strike mandate.
The last time Metro Vancouver transit workers went on strike was 2001, when a four-month disruption caused commuter chaos in the summer.
That dispute eventually ended after the province passed legislation imposing a collective agreement.