As of May 28th – Tuesday afternoon PST. Members of the British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) will lock out members of the International and Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) in B.C. ports as early as Thursday May 30, effective Friday, May 31, the association said Tuesday, May 28.
“The BCMEA did not arrive at this decision lightly as it followed significant discussion understanding the economic impact this will have on the Canadian economy. Our preference still remains to arrive at a negotiated settlement between the parties and we continue to be committed and available to meet with Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) and ILWU – Canada to achieve this end.” the association said in a statement.
This lockout does not include cruise ship operations or employees required to service grain vessels.
The BCMEA includes 55 ship owners and agents, stevedores and container, bulk and break terminal operators in ports from Victoria to the Alaska border.
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