Full Bus Service Shutdown Avoided After Reaching Tentative Deal

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Bus services will be returning to normal service today, after a tentative agreement was reached late last night.

Negotiators had until midnight Tuesday to agree on a deal, where they spent 10 hours in negotiations.

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They extended the meeting by half-hour, before Unifor national president Jerry Dias announced an agreement at 12:30 am.

“As a result of this agreement, our employees will benefit from a competitive package which features improved wages, benefits, and working conditions,” said CMBC president, Michael McDaniel.

The tentative agreement avoids a full service shutdown that would have lasted three days and included Black Friday.

This comes after four weeks of a strike, where bus drivers did not wear their uniform to work and maintenance workers refused overtime. More than 100 SeaBus services did not run in that time and bus services slowed by up to 15%.

All transit workers returned to their normal shifts Wednesday morning, but McDaniel said there may still be some service disruptions.

Transit users should consult their transit alerts, while routes return back to normal.

For more news on the strike, read about how it all got started and how it affected services.

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