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Transit union making last ditch effort to avoid strike in Central Okanagan

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November 09, 2016 - 10:30 AM

CENTRAL OKANAGAN – The president of the union representing bus drivers in the Central Okanagan is meeting with the employer this morning in an 11th hour effort to avert a strike.

Amalgamated Transit Union 1722 president Scott Lovell will be at the Coast Capri this morning, Nov. 9, to restart negotiations with First Canada. The union, which includes bus drivers in Kelowna, West Kelowna, Lake Country and Peachland have been without a contract more than half a year.

Lovell says they heard from First Canada shortly after members voted to strike last night, Nov. 8. If an agreement is not reached today, he says, bus drivers will not be at work Thursday, Nov. 10.

“We’re going to give (First Canada) a deadline so there is enough time for passengers to arrange other transportation,” he said. “Striking is the last option for us because it hurts our passengers the most.”

Only 15 of the 173 votes cast Tuesday night were in favour of accepting First Canada’s final offer.


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