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Port of Halifax employers and longshore unions extend contract

The Halifax Employers Association (HEA) and the longshore unions representing waterfront labour at the Nova Scotia port have agreed to extend their contract for a year until the end of 2021. The current collective agreement and Mid-West Cargo rebate agreement were slated to expire on December 31, 2020. “The contract extension has been ratified by …

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New collective agreement ratified between Montreal port checkers and maritime employers

By Leo Ryan, Editor Members of the union representing some 175 checkers at the Port of Montreal have approved by a large majority a new collective agreement with the Maritime Employers Association (MEA), it was announced. The MEA said, “Over 87% of the Port of Montreal checkers voted in favour of the agreement in principle …

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Striking Montreal dockers and maritime employers conclude truce

Michel Murray from the CUPE 375 and Martin Tessier of the MEA exhibit signs of relief (Photo MEA)   By Leo Ryan, Editor Normal operations at the Port of Montreal are to resume early Sunday after the Maritime Employers Association (MEA) and the union representing 1,125 dockers today announced an agreement in principle for a 7-month truce during …

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MEA pledges not to use replacement workers for COVID-related cargo

The Maritime Employers Association (MEA) has announced it will not resort to using replacement workers for handling some 477 containers currently identified as COVID-related from the Port of Montreal in midst of a docker strike that has entered its 11th day. In a statement, the MEA said that an agreement was made with the longshore …

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Striking Montreal dockers moving Covid-related cargo

By Leo Ryan, Editor As the general strike by dockers entered its 10th day, Martin Tessier, head of the Maritime Employers Association (MEA), said that “negotiations are not really progressing” – but the longshore union had agreed  to at least move Covid-related cargo. He indicated he had asked the CUPE 365 union to move some …

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CargoM calls for Ottawa intervention in Montreal port strike

Montreal’s logistics and transportation business cluster, CargoM, today joined other industry circles in calling for an immediate intervention by the federal government in the waterfront labour conflict at the Port of Montreal by facilitating and accelerating negotiations between striking longshore workers and the Maritime Employers Association. Dockers launched an “indefinite” strike on Monday of this …

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St. Lawrence Shipoperators  urge Ottawa to intervene quickly in Montreal port strike

St. Lawrence Shipoperators, which represents 14 domestic shipowners and operators, today expressed concern about the indefinite general strike at the Port of Montreal and wants a settlement as soon as possible to prevent the economy from suffering further in the context of a global pandemic and severe economic downturn.  Despite the position of the Minister …

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Ottawa declines to intervene in Montreal docker strike

Traffic severely impaired by stranded container trucks in Montreal By Leo Ryan, Editor The Canadian federal government has turned down urgent requests from business leaders to directly intervene in an indefinite strike launched Monday by more than 1,100 Port of Montreal dock workers. But observers consider such an option remains possible should the port’s paralysis …

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The business community calls for the Government of Canada to intervene immediately to allow the return to normal activities at the Port of Montreal (in French)

MONTRÉAL- La Chambre de commerce du Montréal métropolitain (CCMM), le Conseil du patronat du Québec (CPQ), la Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec (FCCQ) la Fédération canadienne de l’entreprise indépendante (FCEI) et Manufacturiers et Exportateurs du Québec (MEQ) sont extrêmement préoccupés par l’impact de la grève générale illimitée déclenchée hier par le Syndicat des débardeurs SCFP (section locale 375) au …

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