Longshore workers in British Columbia give union strike mandate

Members of International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) locals in British Columbia voted 98.4% in support of eventual strike action against the member companies of the BC Maritime Employers Association, if necessary.

ILWU Canada and the Employers Association have been bargaining for more than 17 months. The previous eight-year collective agreement expired March 31, 2018.

As a majority of members voted yes the Union is now able to go on strike, in the next sixty days, with a 72-hours strike notice to the employer.

Negotiations with the help of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service are ongoing and several meeting dates are scheduled through May

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