Vancouver harbor truck driver threatens strike

Container truck drivers from two carriers servicing the Port of Vancouver have resolved to approve the strike, threatening another major turmoil as Canada’s busiest port recovers from a rail service outage. increase.

In a statement on Tuesday, Unifor said drivers of Achille Transportation and Prudential Transportation would “strike overwhelmingly as needed” to secure the new agreement. Drivers are looking for health and dental benefits and are increasing their waiting time payments.

“Unifor truck drivers in this sector are fighting for the simple right to benefit from health and dentistry,” said Jerry Diaz, National President of Unifor. Said in a statement.. “A basic respect for the health and safety of your workers and their families is not an unreasonable requirement.”

The strike affects about 200 of the approximately 1,700 drivers servicing the port. It is unknown when it will take place. The port faces a CN closure and a huge backlog of freight from rail services to Vancouver, Canada Pacific. As of Wednesday evening, 43 ships were waiting to berth at the harbor.

On Wednesday, the CP train arrived in Vancouver for the first time — carrying grain and fuel — as floods and landslides led to the closure of important parts of British Columbia’s railroad lines. CN was scheduled to resume limited service on Wednesday.

The harbor is not a stranger to labor disputes involving truck drivers. In 2014, the operation of containers will be 2 weeks strike By about 400 unionized truck drivers.

Aheer and Prudential drivers make up a fairly small part of the port truck driver, but the strike is serious as the port handles the untreated portion of the railroad closure, coupled with the existing record amount of this year. May have an impact.

Sara Slinn, a Canadian labor expert who is a professor at the Osgood Hall Law School at York University, said that while truck drivers’ ability to disrupt the supply chain empowers them, the devastating flood of British Columbia is “governmental. It poses a fairly high risk of direct intervention. ”

“Currently, port workers of all kinds have considerable bargaining power, but at the same time, it is currently in crisis in parts of the state,” Surin told American Shipper. “I don’t think it’s unreasonable to say that strikes pose a threat to the economy.”

AheerTransportation and PrudentialTransportation did not respond to requests for comment.

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