BC Food & Beverage Calls for Swift Resolution to Transit Strike

Langley, BC – January 22, 2024: BC Food & Beverage is calling for a swift resolution to the transit strike in BC as the recent threat of a transit shutdown will have significant ramifications on our local economy and put our food and beverage production industry at risk by depriving workers of access to transit to and from work.

Bus service was halted for 48 hours as of 3 am Monday as a deal was not reached between CUPE Local 4500 and Coast Mountain Bus Company (CMBC).

James Donaldson, CEO of BC Food & Beverage, a nonprofit industry association representing food and beverage manufacturers throughout British Columbia says, “The 40,000 employees in our industry rely heavily on public transportation to get to and from work on a daily basis. This industry has had to endure a pandemic, critical disruptions to supply chain and rising costs in recent years, and we urge all parties to resume negotiations with the appointed mediator so an agreement can be reached without causing any further burden on an essential service like the food and beverage sector.”

Donaldson heard from several members first-hand today that their productions have been disrupted on account of the strike.

BC Food & Beverage welcomes its members to reach out directly to BCFB CEO James Donaldson to share their impact of this strike, as well as strategies undertaken to mitigate the impact at james@bcfb.ca.

BC Food & Beverage is a not-for-profit industry association that has been representing the food and beverage manufacturers in British Columbia since 2014. The BCFB membership currently represents approximately $7 billion in industry revenues, and BCFB has become an industry leader and the voice of BC’s food and beverage processing sector.





Media Contact:
James Donaldson, CEO, BC Food& Beverage, James@BCFB.ca, Cell: 604.418.1361


Released by:
Sandra Merk, Marketing & Communications Manager, Sandra@BCFB.ca, Cell: 604.839.974


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