Crisis averted at BC Place – workers will not go on strike

Saturday’s CFL West division final still on

The union representing 3,000 workers at the new BC Place has come to an agreement with stadium employer BC Pavilion Corporation and will not go on strike – which means no disruption in any BC Lions  CFL games.


BC Place employees issued a tentative strike notice last week in response to what they called unsatisfactory contract negotiations that weren’t addressing their needs.

But after a meeting Monday night, the B.C. Government and Service Employees Union says they’re happy with the tentative deal they were offered. The main concerning gap in maintenance workers’ contracts surrounded job security at the stadium.

Scheduled to host the BC Lions and Edmonton Eskimos on Saturday night, the $563M newly renovated stadium would have endured disrupted operations resulting in a lack of services for guests.

More importantly, this strike would have affected whether the Grey Cup championship would be held in Vancouver on November 27.

BC Place

games at BC Place won't be cancelled

Football fans can now rest assured – games at BC Place won’t be cancelled.

Both the worker’s union and BC PavCo are pleased to move past these issues and continue with plans to host these important CFL finals at the new facility.

The stadium offers an amazing experience – equipped with wider seats, instant replays in HD on a massive centre-hung scoreboard, over 1000 flat screen TVs along the concourse, and an impressive sound and lighting system.

It’s definitely worth a visit.

If you can’t make it to the game on Saturday, show your Lions pride by heading to the street party at Terry Fox Plaza at Beatty & Robson streets.

Starting at 5 p.m., the pre-game will include live music, food and family activities.

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