NEW WESTMINSTER, BC, March 1, 2014 /CNW/ - Members of Unifor-Vancouver
Container Truckers' Association (VCTA) voted overwhelmingly in favour
of strike action this morning. Truckers cited a lack of progress at the
bargaining table for taking the vote.
"Our members have sent a very clear message: enough is enough," said
Paul Johal, President of Unifor-VCTA.
Unifor-VCTA's collective agreement expired in June 2012. During that
time, the union has been raising concerns that long line-ups and wait
times at the Port of Vancouver are costing truck drivers money.
Unifor-VCTA is demanding increased rates of pay at the bargaining table
and wants the rates standardized and enforced across the sector to put
an end to under-cutting.
"Container truckers, like workers across this country, make the economy
work," said Jerry Dias, National President of Unifor. "They deserve to
be compensated fairly for their role in generating wealth, but if
workers can't share in that wealth, we'll help shut that port down
until they get it."
Unifor is also calling on the federal and provincial governments and the
Ports to appoint Mediator Vince Ready to review the situation and make
recommendations to solve the long-standing issues.
The local is now in a position to issue 72-hour strike notice to
Unifor-VCTA is a composite local, representing distinct bargaining units
across many employers. The 100% vote represents an average result for
all of the units.
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
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For more information, please contact Unifor Communications Representative Ian Boyko at 778-903-6549 (cell) or Ian.Boyko@unifor.org