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Strike mandate for Chilliwack bus drivers a negotiation tool

The union representing bus drivers in Chilliwack, Abbotsford and Mission have voted in favour of a strike mandate. - Paul J. Henderson
The union representing bus drivers in Chilliwack, Abbotsford and Mission have voted in favour of a strike mandate.
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BC Transit drivers in Chilliwack are among the CUPE Fraser Valley bus operators who voted 94 per cent in favour of a strike mandate on Sunday.

Members of CUPE Local 561 gave their bargaining team the mandate as part of the negotiation process, according to CUPE national communications spokesperson Murray Bush.

The vote Sunday does not mean buses will stop running in Chilliwack any time soon. The First Canada ULC employees are bargaining with the employer and say, in a press release, "the strike vote is to communicate their resolve to get a new collective agreement."

The union has to serve 72-hour strike notice with the BC Labour Relations Board before any job action.

The two sides have met five times since the contract expired last summer, according to the union, and they are seeking for more meetings.

CUPE 561 represents 134 bus drivers, mechanics, cleaners and maintenances workers.

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