Unifor takes strike vote at Autoport

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by Emily Atkins

Unifor employees at the Port of Halifax’s Autoport took a strike vote on October 1 and could be off the job by October 8th.

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

In a message to members Unifor said members of Lodge 1, Local 100 voted 91 percent in favour of strike action, if necessary.

The union will be in strike position as early as October 8, 2022, contingent on issuing a 48-hour notice.

The union’s bargaining committee has been negotiating with the employer since February 15, 2021. The collective agreement expired on December 31, 2021.

Unifor filed for conciliation after talks were stalled. The two union and employer have met twice with the assistance of the conciliator, but the talks broke down and the union said they reached an impasse on September 13, 2022.