Strike notice served on Westshore Terminals

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by Emily Atkins

On September 13, 2022 Westshore Terminals Limited Partnership received 72 hour strike notice from Local 502 of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU).

The notice affects Westshore’s coal export terminal at Roberts Bank, British Columbia.

Westshore has been in negotiations since October 2021 with Local 502 for a new collective agreement. The previous collective agreement and those of the two other ILWU Locals at the terminal expired January 31, 2022. The negotiations with Local 502 are the first of the three.

The strike notice states that the members of Local 502 will commence strike action against Westshore at 12:00am on September 16, 2022. That stoppage would result in the complete suspension of operations at the terminal.

Negotiations have involved conciliation/mediation under the Federal Labour Code since March 29, 2022.

While strike notice has been served, Westshore said the two sides remain in contact and continue to have the assistance of the mediator.