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SkyTrain workers vote to strike 0

By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver

SkyTrain service could be disrupted if workers go ahead with strike action.
(FILE PHOTO/24 HOURS)

SkyTrain service could be disrupted if workers go ahead with strike action. (FILE PHOTO/24 HOURS)

Hundreds of SkyTrain workers have voted in favour of striking.

CUPE 7000 spokeswoman Annaliese Hunt said on Monday talks broke down in February after the union and its employer disagreed on sick-plan provisions and on health and dental benefits for new employees.

Hunt said the union’s 530 workers are made up of SkyTrain attendants, maintenance personnel, control operators and office staff. About 95% of those who cast a ballot voted in favour of striking, Hunt said.

She said talks with the employer would continue through Wednesday next week. After that, a decision on whether to strike is expected.

“There are many options besides full work stoppage,” Hunt said. “It’s our last resort to actually close the system. We don’t want to be affecting the public.”

She said the union is fighting a restriction proposed for its sick plan and another proposal to have new employees covered by a “less substantial” benefits plan.

Hunt added wages are not the workers’ primarily concern. They anticipate raises of 2% per year for the first two years of a three-year deal.

 

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