All aboard: Metro Vancouver SkyTrain service to run Tuesday as 11th-hour deal averts strike

Good news for Metro Vancouver commuters: unionized SkyTrain workers and their employer have cut a tentative agreement, meaning trains will run Tuesday.

CUPE 7000, which represents 900 SkyTrain workers, had threatened to walk off the job at 5 a.m. Tuesday for three days if they couldn’t reach a deal with TransLink subsidiary the BC Rapid Transity Company (BCRTC).

That proved to be unnecessary as the two sides reached a breakthrough after a marathon 18-hour bargaining session, just minutes before the strike would have taken effect.

CUPE 7000 president Tony Rebelo acknowledged that there would be some SkyTrain delays Tuesday morning as the system got up to speed.

“It’s been a very long night for myself and the rest of our crew behind me and we are glad that we were able to come to an agreement. The details of the agreement will not be released until we have a ratification vote with our members.”

Earlier Monday, TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond had expressed hope that the breakthrough would come before the Monday night deadline.

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