CUPE 7000, the union representing about 900 Expo and Millennium Line SkyTrain employees, officially ratified a new contract on Sunday night. CUPE 7000 represents approximately 900 SkyTrain employees, who are SkyTrain managers and control operators, as well as administrative, maintenance and technical staff. After the union representing SkyTrain`s 900 employees reached an agreement with the BC Rapid Transit Company (BCRTC) earlier this month, ratification of the new agreement was completed after four days of electronic voting. CUPE 7000 negotiators and the BC Rapid Transit Company hammered the agreement during a nightly round of negotiations that began on December 9 and did not end until 5:00 a.m. strike deadline on December 10. Earlier, the Unifor union, which represents bus operators and transit service operators, said it would complete a three-day shutdown of the system. Unifor, however, agreed to an agreement with the Coast Mountain Bus Company a few hours before the strike began. In 2015, Canada Line workers voted in favour of strike action, but were able to reach an agreement with ProTrans BEFORE the deadline. CUPE 7,000 members have ratified the union`s interim agreement with the BC Rapid Transit Company (SkyTrain). This agreement was reached at the end of an overnight round of negotiations on 10 December, which prevented the total closure of the exhibition and Millennium lines by a few minutes. The collective agreement between ProTrans BC and BCGEU applies from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2019.
However, when the contract expires, the union will continue to work under the terms of the contract until a new situation is completed. Other figures have not been provided, but taking a look at the previous contract between cupE 7000 and TransLink SkyTrain employees gives us more information. The agreement itself came at the beginning of the month, after a cycle of nightly negotiations that extended into the early hours of the morning, virtually preventing the total three-day closure of the exhibition lines and the millennium. “It is now up to the members to ratify this agreement, which I highly recommend.” “Without the commitment of the members of the Committee, whose determination remained firm in difficult circumstances, we would not have been able to reach this agreement.” TransLink Mayor Jonathan Cote, President of the Council of Mayors of New Westminster, tweeted his thanks to CUPE 7000 and B.C.