23 Sep Ilwu Canada Collective Agreement
Negotiations resumed yesterday at noon and a provisional agreement was reached this morning, after a new round of discussions at the negotiating table. The British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) – Canada are pleased to announce that they have reached a preliminary agreement that allows all BC ports to be a competitive, efficient and reliable gateway for the benefit of all Canadians. The provisional agreement is subject to the ratification procedure. “We are pleased to have reached a provisional agreement with the ILE. We appreciate the efforts of both parties to focus on finding an agreement and to ensure that BC Ports remains open to stores. The lockout has been lifted and we look forward to restoring normal operation. We thank the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services (FMCS), in particular Peter Simpson and Kathy Peters, and the Minister of Labour, The Honourable Patty Hajdu, for their support in this process. We are confident that once signed, this agreement will ensure a positive long-term outlook for trade and operation at our terminals, for the province and for the country,” said Jeff Scott, Chairman of the Board of Directors of BCMEA The International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada has successfully represented British Columbia`s workforce since 1948. ILWU Canada is the exclusive bargaining agent for more than 3,000 men and women across the province.
ILWU Canada is a union composed of the 11 autonomous Aboriginal people of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and three member organizations: the Retail Wholesale Union (British Columbia), the Retail Wholesale Department Union (Saskatchewan) and Grain Services Union (Saskatchewan). We represent our members in many forums of interest from the federal, state and local scene. .