Potential service disruption facing public transit in the Whistler, Squamish and Pemberton transit systems

BC Transit is notifying its riders in the Whistler, Squamish and Pemberton Valley transit systems, that Unifor Local 114 union operating under Whistler Transit Ltd. and Diversified Transit has issued a 72-hour strike notice.

At this time BC Transit cannot be certain as to the timing and extent of potential job action and its impacts on transit services. However, job action has the potential to disrupt transit services and our customers’ ability to use the public transit services. However, handyDART service in Squamish, which is deemed an essential service, will operate with full-service hours on weekdays.

BC Transit sincerely apologizes to customers for the inconvenience caused by this matter. BC Transit understands the frustration felt by customers, and that the job action is difficult for everyone involved in the region.

BC Transit is the Provincial Crown Agency responsible for the delivery of transit services outside of Greater Vancouver. They contract the services of private operating companies to deliver these transit services. These companies hire and manage their own workforces.

The labour dispute is between BC Transit’s contractors – Whistler Transit Ltd. and Diversified Transit – and their unionized employees. BC Transit is closely monitoring the situation and hopes the parties will find a resolution soon.

BC Transit will update customers as more information becomes available. We encourage customers to sign up to receive alerts for their specific transit system at bctransit.com/whistler, bctransit.com/squamish and bctransit.com/pemberton-valley.

Customers may also follow @BCTransit on Twitter for updates. 

January 21, 2022

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