CAW Local 333 Reaches Tentative Agreement with BC Transit

January 17, 2013, 2:30 PM EST


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CAW Local 333, representing 650 transit drivers, mechanics and skilled trades workers in Greater Victoria, British Columbia, has reached a tentative agreement with BC Transit.

The contract is retroactive to March 2012 and runs until March 31, 2014. CAW Local 333 members  vote on the tentative agreement on Jan. 22. This is the same day that a one-day strike had been planned.

CAW Local 333 President Ben Williams called the deal a victory after B.C. Transit agreed to withdraw plans, during the life of the agreement, for the testing of a high capacity shuttle bus, which would have been made in China.

The CAW Local 333 website indicated other details of the agreement will not be released until after the ratification vote.

As a result of the tentative agreement all job actions by the membership including a uniform and overtime ban have been lifted.

"The overtime ban was a huge factor," Williams was quoted in the Victoria Times Colonist newspaper.

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