ILWU reaches deal with employers association

by MM&D staff

Vancouver: The union representing West Coast dockworkers has struck a deal with the B.C. Maritime Employers Association.

Officials with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Canada reached a tentative collective agreement covering Pacific Gateway workers on April 15. Union president Tom Dufresne says the group is “content” and unanimously recommending the contract because it will restore stability to workplaces.

The employers association and the union have been involved in negotiations for more than a year. Talks began in January 2010 and contracts for the two bargaining units expired in March 2010.

Union leadership will vote on the tentative agreement on April 21, followed shortly after by a vote from the full membership.

Details of the deal won’t be released until after the vote. The union represents about 3,500 people at all Pacific Coast Longshore workplaces.