Two BC trucking companies hold out on inking union deal

by The Canadian Press (CPSTF)

VANCOUVER, BC—Drivers at two Metro Vancouver trucking companies remain on strike as Unifor finalizes collective agreements with several other shipping businesses.

Days of around-the-clock bargaining have led to contracts with six companies that make up roughly 75 per cent of the truck drivers represented by the union.

Those collective agreements will last until 2019.

But Unifor says shipping companies Port Transport and Harbour Link have so far refused to ratify deals that are consistent with the union’s other collective agreements.

The new contracts guarantee retroactive pay, improve compensation for transporting certain goods and require that companies contribute to a benefit plan for both owner-operators and company drivers.

Unifor is Canada’s largest private-sector union and represents more than 300,000 members across the country.