Talks to avert labor strike at Canada ports run on

Dec 31, 2008 | 10:03 AM |

Mediated labor contract talks are continuing in an effort to avoid a crippling work disruption by longshoremen at Canada's West Coast ports, with both union and management so far refraining from issuing notice of imminent strike or lockout action.

About 450 ship and dock foremen with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Canada, Local 514, have been without a contract since March 2007. If the foremen walk off the job, thousands of longshoremen under their supervision are expected to also join the labor action, bringing all shipments—including those of metals and coal—that move through British Columbia ports to a near standstill. ....





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