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Port of Montreal employers announce schedule changes

  With the Port of Montreal becoming more congested each passing day with longshoremen refusing to work overtime and on weekends, the Maritime Employers Association announced a “switch to regular schedules in order to maintain the fluidity of the logistics chain” as of next Monday. To continue to adequately serve the population, the MEA has …

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SIU urges federal action plan to immediately vaccinate Canadian seafarers

    Mr. Renato Battisti, who for almost 10 years held the position of chief cook on board several Desgagnés ships and more recently on board  the Damia Desgagnés, died as a result of a fierce fight against Covid-19 last April. The Seafarers’ International Union of Canada (SIU) is demanding a meeting with the federal Minister …

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Quebec business community seeks immediate Ottawa intervention in Montreal port conflict

  MONTRÉAL – The Association du camionnage du Québec, the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal (CCMM), the Conseil du patronat du Québec (CPQ), the Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec (FCCQ), the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), and the Manufacturiers et Exportateurs du Québec (MEQ) are extremely concerned about the impact of weeks of uncertainty at the Port of Montreal. Now that a strike …

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A word from the president on the labour dispute at the Port of Montreal

  The Port of Montreal: a part-time public service with significantly reduced capacity Created to cost-effectively meet the needs of importers and exporters, the Port of Montreal is a strategic infrastructure serving millions of Quebecers and other Canadians. Every year, $100 billion worth of goods pass through our facilities. That’s close to $275 million a day! That cargo includes goods that go to families in the …

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Montreal dockers launch partial strike at Port of Montreal

  By Leo Ryan In a move strongly regretted by maritime employers , the union representing 1,125 longshoremen at the Port of Montreal announced that its members will cease working overtime indefinitely as of tomorrow. The decision plunging Canada’s second largest port into revived turmoil and provoking more cargo diversions followed the statement on Saturday …

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Montreal dockers present offer to port employers

  The union representing 1,125 dockers today (April 1) presented what was described as “a global offer” to the Maritime Employers Association to renew a collective agreement that expired on December 31, 2018. No details were immediately disclosed. In a message released on Facebook, Martin Lapierre, president of CUPE 375, said the union’s negotiating committee …

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Ever Given successfully refloated in Suez Canal

  Photo: Suez Canal Authority via Agence France-Presse. On Monday morning at dawn, the 400-meter-long, over 220,000-ton vessel, flying the Panamanian flag, had started to move. Normal transits in the Suez Canal are resuming for more than 400 waiting ships after Evergreen Line confirmed that Ever Given was successfully refloated within the SuezCanal at approximately …

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Montreal port employers reveal details of offer rejected by dockers

  By Leo Ryan In what is believed to be an unprecedented move, the Maritime Employers Association publicly disclosed, in a full-page ad in The Montreal Gazette and La Presse+ today,  the details of its offer for a new collective agreement that was overwhelmingly rejected on March 21 by the Port of Montreal’s longshoremen. The vote …

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Media report Ottawa prepared to intervene in Montreal waterfront conflict

  According to a report in La Presse newspaper today, the Trudeau government intends to intervene rapidly if the Port of Montreal dockers launch a strike after overwhelmingly rejecting on Sunday the latest offer by the Maritime Employers Association. And Quebec Premier Francois Legault also backs potential quick intervention by Ottawa.  Legislation to force striking …

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Montreal dockers propose revived negotiations after rejecting MEA offer

    By Leo Ryan, Editor By a 99.7% majority, the members of the union representing 1,125 longhoremen at the Port of Montreal today rejected the latest formal offer on March 12 from the Maritime Employers Association to renew a collective agreement which expired on December 31, 2018.  But  CUPE  375 leader Michael Murray did …

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