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BCMEA/Local 514 Bargaining Update – 21-Day Cooling-Off Period Begins

BCMEA/Local 514 Bargaining Update - 21-Day Cooling-Off Period Begins - Universal Logistics Trade Alerts - April 19, 2024

Toronto, April 19, 2024

The following message was issued by the Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA) on Friday, April 19, 2024:

BCMEA/Local 514 Bargaining Update – 21-Day Cooling-Off Period Begins

The BC Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) and International Longshore and Warehouse Union Ship & Dock Foremen Local 514 (ILWU Local 514) have been engaged in negotiations, assisted by the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) since January 19, 2024. On March 19, the parties mutually agreed to a 30-day extension of the conciliation period.

    • As the extended conciliation period concluded on Thursday, negotiations have now entered a 21-day cooling-off period, with mediated talks continuing with the support of FMCS. During the cooling-off period, the parties may acquire the legal right to strike or lockout, but may not exercise their right to strike or lockout until:
    • 21 days have passed since the end of the conciliation process;
    • a strike or lockout vote has been taken; and
    • a 72-hour strike notice has been issued.

Read more in a press release from BCMEA.

For more information, please call David Lychek, Director – Ocean & Air Services at (905) 882-4880, ext. 1207.

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