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Metro Vancouver bus, SeaBus job action starts today. Here’s what you need to know

Roughly 5,000 Metro Vancouver bus and SeaBus operators and maintenance workers began job action Friday morning after talks broke off between the union and their employer.

Unifor locals 111 and 2200 say they left the bargaining table Thursday because the Coast Mountain Bus Company (CMBC) did not change its offer on wages or working conditions.

The passing of the midnight deadline means workers are now taking job action but are not yet walking off the job completely. Still, some delays could be seen as soon as Friday afternoon.

Here’s what you need to know about how your commute might be affected and what happens next.

How does this impact bus and SeaBus service?

Instead of a full-blown strike, transit operators will begin working out of uniform and maintenance workers will refuse to work overtime starting at 8 a.m. Friday.

Some drivers were also observed operating buses Friday with the fare box covered, but the union says it has not directed drivers to stop accepting fares.

TransLink and CMBC president Michael McDaniel both say the overtime ban will still affect service as maintenance work begins to pile up.

McDaniel said that the job action could lead to up to 14 SeaBus sailing cancellations on Friday.

“It’s going to mean some of our buses can’t be repaired, and that means our fleet will shrink,” TransLink spokesperson Jill Drews said. “So we’ll have to cancel some service.”

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