A Big Day for USA Port Operations-Labour Peace until 2022

Great news for those who depend on dependable service to and from the USA.

It’s a big day for supply chains worldwide, as the chances of labor disruptions to port operations are now in the lower quintile thanks to new master contracts.

On the West Coast, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union last year inked a 3 year contract extension  with their port employers, promising smooth-sailing through at least July 2022. Now, the East Coast and Gulf Coast labor association joins them, with a new contract set to last through 2024.

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Breaking News – Deal reached

The proposed strike at Vancouver GCT Terminal has been averted with the successful conclusion of a deal being reached.   The agreement was made between ILWU, Local 502, who represent the Planners (that plan the loading and unloading of containers) and GCT the operator of Deltaport and Vanterm.

More details to follow when available.

GCT Update: Talks Continue

September 5, 2018 – GCT has confirmed that if a strike takes place, they will have to suspend all operations.

In addition, Anthony Giles, Assistant Deputy Minister at Labour Canada responsible for the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service has advised our friends at the Freight Management Association (FMA) that Peter Simpson, the Director General, is continuing the mediation process today and tomorrow with the parties and that the federal ministers mostclosely involved are monitoring very closely. More updates to follow.



ILWU 502 Issues 72 hr Strike Notice To GCT Sept 3, 2018.

The International Longshoremen’s and Warehousemen’s Union Local 502, representing the Planners (that plan the loading and unloading of containers) at the two container terminals operated by GCT (Deltaport and Vanterm) issued a 72 hour strike notice that could result in a strike or lockout at the two terminals as early as 0001 hours on Friday September 7.

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