Squamish Chamber Response – Unifor Union Strike – PW Transit

Advocacy for Sea to Sky Transit
The Squamish Chamber of Commerce (SCC) is the oldest and largest business organization in the Squamish community, representing nearly 600 members. Squamish Chamber highlights the importance of public transit and encourages a resolution and expeditious return of local transit services to Squamish.

In the last 12 months, over two thirds of our members have faced challenges recruiting and retaining staff. The local transit strike represents yet another strain for businesses already enduring labour challenges and the restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Service sector workers struggling with the high cost of living in Squamish are now faced with the option of up to a daily $50 taxi charge or walking along roadways and finding hazardous methods to get where they need to be. Businesses already short staffed by COVID-19 and affordability challenges, now cannot be sure that those workers will be able to make it into work. The social and economic strain on our community cannot be understated.”

The Squamish Chamber encourages a resolution that is satisfactory to all. We look forward to a positive outcome and an expeditious return of local transit service to the District of Squamish. 

Read the Feb 23, 2022 Squamish Chamber of Commerce’s letter to UNIFOR, BC Transit Ltd and PW Transit.

Further reading: 

Friday, Feb. 23, Pacific Western Transportation (PWT) statement.