Posted on October 31, 2019, 2:30 p.m.
Unifor, the union representing Coast Mountain Bus Company bus operators and maintenance trades, has advised job action in the form of bus maintenance workers not doing overtime work. This could mean a reduction in bus and SeaBus service as soon as 8 a.m. tomorrow.
Regardless of the job action, many of our services will be unaffected: SkyTrain, Canada Line, West Coast Express, HandyDART, West Vancouver Blue Bus and other contracted services will continue operating normally.
Posted on October. 31, 6:30 a.m.
Unifor members who are employed transit bus drivers and SeaBus operators by the Coast Mountain Bus Company have issued a 72-hour notice in order to take some form of strike action on Friday, Nov. 1.
Currently, there is no confirmation about whether strike action will go ahead or what form it will take.
We are hopeful that the matter is resolved before Friday, but if it results in a full work stoppage, it will cause significant disruption to the lower mainland.
Please note that, even if strike action causes an interruption in transit service, classes at all three Vancouver Community College (VCC) campuses will be in session as normal, with students, faculty, and staff expected to attend.
This strike notice does not apply to SkyTrain services, West Vancouver Transit, West Coast Express, HandyDART, and First Transit (shuttles on Bowen Island and in Langley).
For updates, please continue checking vcc.ca and VCC’s Twitter feed, @myVCC.
Preparing for Potential Strike Action
Both VCC’s Downtown and Broadway campuses are located near SkyTrain stations, which will not be affected by the strike. Our Annacis Island campus, however, is not served by SkyTrain. We understand that many students, faculty, instructors, and staff rely on public transit and that a potential service disruption will be challenging. Please start to prepare for a potential disruption to your current routine by planning an alternate way of getting to work or class.
For those who intend to find alternate methods of transportation to get to VCC, please remember to practice proper road safety, such as wearing reflective clothing while walking or cycling in the darker evenings and mornings.