Toronto, May 30, 2019
Vancouver port workers have been locked out by their employer as negotiations continue
The B.C. Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) confirmed that 6,500 members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) have been locked out as of 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 30. This action is expected to cripple port operations in Vancouver.
Both parties have been meeting to address outstanding issues, however, a final agreement has not been reached at this stage. A federal mediator imposed a news blackout as the latest round of negotiations got underway Wednesday, May 29, less than 24 hours before the lockout notice issued by the association was due to take effect.
Please note the following updates regarding this situation.
We will continue to monitor this situation closely and advise accordingly.
For more information, please call David Lychek, Manager – Ocean & Air Services at (905) 882-4880, ext. 207.