Unifor members reject Autoport settlement

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by Emily Atkins

Unifor members working at Autoport at the Port of Halifax have rejected a tentative agreement.

Autoport is a subsidiary of CN Rail and its facility is one of North America’s largest vehicle processing and transshipment facilities, handling nearly 185,000 vehicles per year.

The union said the agreement did not reflect the contributions its workers make to Autoport’s operations.

The union has contacted the conciliation officer to communicate the results of the vote. It formally requested the filing of a ‘no board’ report with the province of Nova Scotia. This action initiates a 14-day cooling-off period, which the union said it needs  to “reassess our position and strategize our next steps”.

This means that with 48-hours notice the union may initiate a strike, or the employer may lock employees out.

In a statement, the union said:  “As we move forward, it is essential that we stand united and prepared for all possibilities, including the potential of a strike or facing a lockout. This period will be used to strengthen our strategies and ensure that our collective voice is heard, loud and clear. We encourage every member to remain engaged, informed, and ready to mobilize should the need arise.”

The last collective agreement between Autoport and Unifor was ratified in October 2022.