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BURNABY - CUPE 7000, the union representing SkyTrain workers, and their employer, British Columbia Rapid Transit Company (SkyTrain) have emerged from mediated talks with a set of recommendations by appointed mediator Grant McArthur. Both sides will be advising their respective parties to accept McArthur’s recommendations.

The details of the mediated recommendations are not being released or discussed publicly until ratification votes scheduled for next week take place.

The recommendations, which must be accepted by both parties in their entirety, will be submitted to a secret ballot ratification vote of CUPE 7000 members on Thursday, December 21st, 2006. The results should be known by 7:00 p.m.

We are closer now to our goal of parity with other transportation workers in the Lower Mainland,” says CUPE 7000 President Gerry Cunningham. “We will be advising our members to vote ‘yes’ to these recommendations.”

SkyTrain will take the recommendations to their Board of Directors for a ratification vote before the deadline.

The results of these votes must be submitted to the Labour Relations Board no later than December 22, 2006 at noon.

CUPE 7000 represents 516 SkyTrain attendants, control operators, skilled trades, maintenance and clerical staff that maintain and operate the SkyTrain System.


Diane Kalen, CUPE Communications Representative - 604-291-1940, ext. 240