Union serves PCL with 72-hour strike notice

The union representing drivers for the bus line that links Vancouver International Airport (YVR) and Whistler has served the company with 72-hour strike notice.

The 127 workers represented by the Canadian Auto Workers Local 114, most of them drivers, have been working without a contract since March 31. In late November, the workers voted 91 per cent in favour of strike action.

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On Tuesday (Dec. 29), the union served notice of strike action starting Saturday (Jan. 2) at 12:01 a.m. unless an agreement is reached.

Issues involved in the labour dispute include wages, benefits, pension contributions and job security clauses, CAW officials said.

"A strike at PCL will likely lead to a complete shutdown of operations in Victoria, Vancouver and Whistler," CAW National Representative Gavin McGarrigle said in a statement.

The parties are scheduled to meet with a mediator on Wednesday (Dec. 30), but McGarrigle told the Vancouver Sun that he wasn't "overly hopeful" that the two would be able to reach an agreement.

In addition to the SkyLynx service between YVR and Whistler, PCL provides scheduled cross-water service from downtown Victoria to the Swartz Bay ferry terminal and between the Tsawwassen ferry terminal and downtown Vancouver.

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