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More than 300 members of CUPE 7000 (Rapid Transit and Rail Workers’ Union) took to the picket line December 12 in a one-day strike that shut down greater Vancouver’s S006byTrain’ rapid transit system. The strike was held in an effort to get contract negotiations back on track. CUPE 7000 president Rob Hewitt says the major issues in the dispute are minimum staffing levels, sick time provisions, a Sunday shift premium, and wages.

A00660074er six months of negotiations, we’ve been forced to take job action for the first time in SkyTrain’s fourteen year history, 00730061ys Hewitt. W00650027re sending our employer a strong message that they’re not taking on a few hundred SkyTrain workers 007400680065y’re taking on hundreds of thousands of CUPE members from coast to coast. 000d000a

Hewitt says the one-day walkout was enough to get the employer back to the table, and the two sides will be meeting this week. CUPE 7000, formerly a local within the Independent Canadian Transit Union (ICTU), merged with CUPE earlier this year.