CAW Members Ratify Pacific Coach Lines Agreement by 88%

January 13, 2010, 11:26 AM EST


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Members of the Canadian Auto Workers Union working at Pacific Coach Lines have voted overwhelmingly in favour of their new collective agreement.  Workers at the bus company voted 88% in favour of the new contract at a series of meetings held on January 7 and 8.

The CAW and PCL reached the agreement on New Year's Eve after a marathon 30-hour bargaining session at the BC Labour Relations Board.  The CAW had served 72-hour strike notice for a deadline of January 2 and the company responded by serving lockout notice.

"The members wanted us to deal with key issues including wages, benefits, retirement contributions and job security and we're happy to report good progress on all of those fronts," CAW National Representative Gavin McGarrigle said.

CAW Local 114 represents a bargaining unit of 127 workers at Pacific Coach Lines including drivers, mechanics, service staff and ticket agents. 

Pacific Coach Lines provides scheduled cross-water bus service from downtown Victoria to downtown Vancouver on board BC Ferries and also through to the Vancouver International Airport (YVR).  Pacific Coach Lines also has an exclusive contract to transport passengers from the Vancouver Airport to Whistler in a service branded as Whistler Skylynx.

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