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B.C. Ferries strike looms, commercial vehicles to receive priority

VANCOUVER, B.C. -- A B.C. Ferries strike, which was supposed to begin at 5 a.m. this morning, has been averted for...


VANCOUVER, B.C. — A B.C. Ferries strike, which was supposed to begin at 5 a.m. this morning, has been averted for now.

Job action by employees has been scaled back and their union is returning to the bargaining table today in hopes of reaching a deal.

Meanwhile, the Labour Relations Board, has announced that in the event of a strike, essential service levels will be set at between 37 and 75 per cent of regular service on the three main routes connecting the Lower Mainland with Vancouver Island. Other routes have had between 50 and 100 per cent of their sailings dubbed essential services, with the exception of Brentwood Bay Mill Bay.

Specific numbers can be found online at http://newsroom.bcferries.bc.ca/

The board also announced commercial vehicles will receive priority over pedestrians and passenger vehicles while loading.


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