VANCOUVER - Unifor says more than 5,000 Metro Vancouver transit operators at the Coast Mountain Bus Co. have voted in favour of a strike mandate.
The union says the vote by Unifor Local 111 was 99 per cent in favour of striking after contract negotiations broke off Oct. 3.
The vote means a strike mandate is in effect for 90 days and transit users would receive 72-hour notice if job action occurs.
The union says it will continue to negotiate in good faith but is prepared to take job action if necessary.
Workers have been without a contract since March 31. Contract negotiations are set to resume Oct. 15.
Unifor officials say issues in talks with Coast Mountain include wages and working conditions.