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Union leadership recommends members accept the tentative deal to avoid another B.C. port strike

Toronto, July 24, 2023

In a development that may end the B.C. port strike, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada (ILWU) said, on Friday, that it will recommend members accept a deal with the British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA).  In a notice posted on its website, the union said that there will be a stop-work meeting Tuesday, July 25th, for the 8:00 a.m. shift to recommend the terms of the settlement to the membership.

The labour dispute between the union and the BCMEA shut down the province’s port facilities for 13 days earlier this month.  The BCMEA said in a statement, the tentative agreement presented is the result of months of negotiations and mediation; and are hopeful that the voting membership, including the ILWU Caucus Leadership and Bargaining Committee, will support the fair and equitable deal as recommended by the senior federal mediator.

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

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