The Union representing West Vancouver’s Blue Bus drivers is warning it plans to escalate job action to a full work stoppage at some point this week.
In a release, ATU local 134 President Geoff Devlin said buses will run normally Wednesday, and that the union will issue 24 hours notice before pulling the trigger.
Drivers, who have been without a contract since March, began job action Monday with an overtime ban.
Back in September, spokesperson Bill Tieleman said that 70 per cent of employees showed up to vote on strike action, and it was unanimous that a strike would take place if necessary.
“Every one of them voted in favour of strike action if necessary, which I think should be a message to the West Vancouver district that it’s a very serious situation and that the drivers and mechanics are very united.”
Prior to that vote, a 72 hour strike notice was issued in early September, but disruption to service was not immediately expected.
The mediator and District of West Vancouver have been at odds over negotiating working conditions and benefits.
Should full service be stopped this week, 18,000 people who use Blue Bus daily will be impacted.