Toronto, October 20, 2023
The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) was served with a 72-hour notice to strike by Unifor on October 18th for locals 4211, 4319, 4212, 4323, and 4320. The union intends to begin strike action as of 00:01 on Sunday, October 22nd.
As a result of Unifor’s strike notification, SLSMC has started implementing detailed plans for an orderly and safe shutdown of the system within the 72-hour notice period. Should the unionized workers proceed with strike action, the St. Lawrence Seaway will be closed to all traffic.
The union said that a strike affecting five local sections in Quebec and Ontario will effectively shut down transit through the seaway between the Jacques-Cartier Bridge in Montreal, and Niagara Falls, Ontario. At this time, cargo loading/discharging at the Port of Montreal will not be affected by this labour action.
Read more in a press release from SLSMC.
For more information, please call David Lychek, Director – Ocean & Air Services at (905) 882-4880, ext. 1207.