VANCOUVER—After the latest rejection of the employer’s offer by the Unifor Local 114 membership, the parties have agreed to the appointment of Vince Ready as a special mediator.
“After two years of bargaining and failed sessions with a mediator, it’s clear a more structured process is necessary,” said Gavin McGarrigle, Unifor Western Regional Director. “We look forward to making submissions to the mediator about the high cost of living and wage disparities.”
Under the terms of the agreement, the union and the employer will work with Ready for up to ten days to reach a mediated settlement. If a settlement cannot be reached, the mediator will prepare non-binding recommendations that Unifor has already agreed it will put to a vote of Local 114 members.
Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.
Here’s what the Minister of Labour had to say:
VICTORIA – Harry Bains, Minister of Labour, has released the following statement about the Sea-to-Sky transit labour dispute:
“After recent talks with both parties, I have appointed Vince Ready as a special mediator in the ongoing labour dispute involving Pacific Western Transit and Unifor Local 114.
“Ready is a highly regarded mediator among the labour, business and public-sector communities and I am confident he will do everything he can to help end this labour dispute. The residents of Whistler, Pemberton and Squamish have gone without their needed transit services for too long.
“Under the Labour Relations Code, a special mediator assists in settling the terms of a collective agreement and reports back to the minister responsible.
“Ready will work with the parties for as long as 10 days to secure a resolution to the ongoing strike. If a settlement cannot be reached within this timeline, he will issue recommendations to end the dispute, with both parties having five days to either accept or reject the recommendations.
“I know both sides have been working toward a fair resolution at the bargaining table, which is the best place for a deal to be secured.”