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No Canada Line strike yet as negotiations continue into Monday evening

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The union representing Canada Line transit workers in Metro Vancouver is holding off on strike action as negotiations with their employer continued Monday evening.

The workers are in a legal strike position as of 4 p.m. Monday afternoon, yet the union has opted to continue the talks instead.

The B.C. Government and Service Employees Union issued a 72-hour strike notice on Friday. Talks dragged on through the weekend and overnight Sunday to stop the potential job action.

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The concerns from the workers include wage parity and sick leave issues with Protrans BC, the operator of the Canada Line.

The union said it started speaking with a moderator Sunday morning but unless further progress is made Monday, the 182 workers could go on strike.

They have been without a contract since Dec. 31, 2019, the union said.

Transit users are asked to watch the BCGEU website for updates.

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–With files from Sean Boynton

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