VANCOUVER, May 21, 2014 /CNW/ - Unifor welcomes an announcement today by
the federal and provincial Ministers of Transportation about wait times
at Vancouver ports that upholds the principles outlined in the March 26
joint action plan. Agreed upon after weeks of further negotiations,
Mediator Vince Ready's recommendations will soon be implemented at
"This announcement clears the way for wait time payments to start
flowing freely to truck drivers despite the efforts of some groups to
obstruct the plan for stability," said Gavin McGarrigle, Unifor's BC
Years of inaction on wait times, undercutting, and pay rates boiled over
into a month-long strike by container truck drivers in March 2014. Only
a negotiated settlement broke the impasse after truck drivers vowed to
disobey forced-work legislation introduced by the BC government.
"We believe this announcement should send a strong message to all
stakeholders that the joint action plan will be fully implemented and
that stability is preferred to chaos," added McGarrigle. "It's time
for those opposing this plan to get with the program and realize that
the days of undercutting and downloading costs onto drivers are over."
Unifor was founded Labour Day weekend 2013 when the Canadian Auto
Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers unions merged.
With more than 300,000 members, Unifor is Canada's largest union in the
For further information:
Please contact Unifor Communications Representative Ian Boyko at 778-903-6549 (cell) or Ian.Boyko@unifor.org