Inside Logistics

Black Friday no problem for Blue Water Bridge

As unionized employees strike, Federal Bridge Corporation Limited (FBCL) says it exceeded its expectations in response to Black Friday traffic, contrary to the Union's assertion that it would be unable of handling the situation


November 28, 2016
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OTTAWA, Ontario—The Federal Bridge Corporation Limited (FBCL) has exceeded its expectations in response to Black Friday traffic, contrary to the Union’s assertion that it would be unable of handling the situation.

Micheline Dubé, president and CEO, FBCL said Saturday morning that, “Our managerial and non-union staff have done an excellent job since the beginning of the labour disruption and with the heavy traffic volumes over the last two days. We are particularly pleased with the positive comments made directly to toll attendants by bridge users on their constructive attitude and effectiveness.”

“Again, the Corporation has made a generous comprehensive package to the bargaining unit for consideration, including a general wage increase, increased shift premiums and additional leave benefits and that  despite repeated public comments to the contrary, FBCL is not seeking any major concession or changes to benefits, maternal/paternal leave policies, overtime or scheduling policies nor pensions”.

FBCL is vested in the communities of Point Edward and Sarnia. It has an imposing physical presence with a huge asset that is the international bridge and a dedicated local staff of 69 employees, 47 of which are unionized.

Since its amalgamation in 2015, FBCL has increased its workforce at this location, created new operational positions, staffed all open jobs and centralized the Corporation’s IT infrastructure.

In a statement, FBCL  said it recognizes that a strike is not in the best interest of its employees and their families, but the Corporation reiterates that the current 10 perncet wage and benefits increase offer rejected last week included a general wage increase, increased shift premiums and additional leave benefits

FBCL amalgamated with the Blue Water Bridge Authority in February 2015. The current Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) local 501 contract expired pre-amalgamation in November 2014.