British Columbia labor row threatens to cripple shipping

Dec 11, 2008 | 06:22 AM |

Port workers in British Columbia are embroiled in a labor dispute that could see them walk off the job at the start of January and paralyze nearly all metals, coal and other commodity shipments that go through Canada's West Coast.

About 450 ship and dock foremen with Local 514 of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada have been without a contract for more than a year and will be in a position to strike starting Jan. 2.

If the foremen walk off the job, the more than 2,000 longshoremen under their supervision are also expected to join the labor action due to safety concerns and to show solidarity. That would effectively bring to a standstill nearly all shipments moving through British Columbia ports.....





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