Ready has worked in labour relations since 1965 and has helped solve differences in a number of historical deals in the medical, industrial and other industries.
The ongoing dispute between Canadian Union of Public Employees 561 and First Transit began in March, with hundreds of bus drivers walking off the job.
“This dispute has been incredibly challenging for everyone who relies on the bus service. The prolonged absence of transportation has had real impacts on residents in the region,” B.C.’s Minister of Labour Harry Bains said.
“Vince Ready is a highly regarded mediator among the labour, business and public-sector communities.
“I am confident he will do everything he can to help the parties end this labour dispute.”
The union previously said its members have no pension and make 32 per cent less than bus drivers and other staff elsewhere in Metro Vancouver’s transit system.
The burden on the community has been felt, especially for students who rely on transit to get to class.
International student Mensahiv Pandher said Monday he’s paying between $50 and $60 each way to get to class. He takes a bus from his home in Maple Ridge to Langley, where he catches an Uber.
Speaking with Global News on campus in Abbotsford in May, Pandher urged First Transit to “fulfil their demands” and bring the job action to a swift close.
“It should end as soon as possible,” he said. “Every time I come, it costs me around 100 bucks a day … I have family in Maple Ridge so I cannot live over here.”
Ready is expected to sit at the table for 10 days to secure a resolution to the ongoing strike. If a solution is not found in those days, he will be submitting a number of recommendations to end the dispute.