A union representing more than 7,000 dockworkers at West Coast ports in Canada plans to strike on July 1 after “running out of options at the bargaining table” with their port employers.
The International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada on June 28 issued a 72-hour strike notice to the British Columbia Maritime Employers Association. Ports affected by the potential strike include the Port of Vancouver and Port of Prince Rupert.
In the union’s news release on the notice, ILWU Canada President Rob Ashton said the BCMEA’s “only objective is to take away rights and conditions from longshore workers after having gorged themselves on record profits during the pandemic.”
The union said its main objective includes provisions about contracting out, port automation, and addressing the increase in cost of living.
BCMEA said in a news release that the association has “advanced multiple proposals and positions in good faith, with the objective of making progress and achieving a fair deal at the table.”
The parties are scheduled to continue bargaining with the assistance of Canada’s Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service on June 29, according to BCMEA.
Earlier this month, ILWU in the U.S. also had a labor dispute with its West Coast port employers. A deal was struck on June 14.