Container carrier strike averted at Port of Vancouver

Prudential Shipping and Aheer Shipping have avoided potentially disastrous strike action at the Port of Vancouver.

The two container fleets signed a model agreement, set up earlier this year, that covers drug, dental, health and insurance coverage, as well as higher waiting time payments and minimum rates. daily minimum, Unifor said in a statement.

That agreement was made in August with Port Link Shipping.

Unifor container truck
Two other fleets signed a model agreement, avoiding a strike at the Port of Vancouver. (Photo: Unifor)

Some 170 drivers have threatened to quit as early as Friday if no deal is reached.

Labor disruption will be another challenge for the Port of Vancouver, where traffic flows have been disrupted by major flooding in British Columbia.

For example, data reported by the FourKites platform shows that stop times for truck shipments increased to 645 minutes in November, a 150% increase, while latency for truck shipments in British Columbia increased 2%.

“Fair wages and benefits are the cornerstones of labor peace at Port Metro Vancouver,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias. “Port workers are vital to the economy and a fair collective agreement has been reached. A model agreement and effective government regulation creates a level playing field for employers and minimizes the black market in trucking that we have seen in the past develop. strong “.

The union began complaining in 2018 that unlicensed truckers were charging deeply discounted prices to move containers out of berths in the Lower Mainland, cutting the companies paying the fees.

In September 2020, the BC Container Transport Commissioner’s Office confirmed a two-tier working system was developing and noted that 45% of licensees were also using untagged and swapped trucks. Change chassis to avoid regulated prices. After swapping out chassis in parking lots, unlicensed drivers completed the rides for around $85 – less than half the prescribed price.

About 300 Unifor drivers, about 15% of those serving the Port of Vancouver, are now bound by the same agreement.

“We look forward to working with non-union truckers to enable them to enjoy all the employer-paid health benefits that are possible under the model agreement,” said Unifor director west area Gavin McGarrigle said.

Trucks carry 500,000 containers out of the Port of Vancouver each year and back just as many. Container carrier strike averted at Port of Vancouver


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