Container Truck Drivers May Strike, Could Cause Gridlock at Port

    VANCOUVER, April 27 /CNW/ - Approximately 140 owner operators at
Port-Team Transport and Pacific Trucking voted on Sunday April 26th to go on
strike if necessary after talks aimed at settling a collective agreement that
expired in December broke off. A strike could occur as early as May 4 and
would cause major upset at the Ports of Greater Vancouver.
    The owner operators are members of CAW Local 2006 and have been
negotiating with 26 port container trucking companies since October of last
    "We now have four ratified collective agreements with four of the largest
companies hauling on the Ports of Greater Vancouver," said CAW National
Representative Stu Shields. "Port-Team and Pacific want a very different deal
than what the other companies are agreeing to."
    "Every labour dispute on the Vancouver Port is a direct result of
container trucking companies undercutting one another; now we have two
companies trying to undercut at the bargaining table and the CAW won't accept
this," Shields said.
    Port-Team Transport and Pacific Trucking are owned and operated by the
same individual, Bob Simpson who was one of the last parties to sign onto the
CAW agreement in both 2005 and 2007. The only issue in dispute is a trip rate
dealing with the short distance movement of empty containers.
    This issue isn't particular to Port-Team and Pacific, while other
companies are signing onto the agreement, said Shields. Port Team and Pacific
owner Bob Simpson has so far been unwilling to negotiate on this point, said

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For further information: Stu Shields, CAW National Representative at
(cell) (604) 318-7233

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