Breaking Point at Port of Montreal: Implications for Global Trade

Karolina Mazur Featured, News, Uncategorized

Negotiations to renew the collective bargaining agreement for the Port of Montreal longshore workers, which expired on December 31, 2023, are at an impasse.

The Maritime Employers’ Association (MEA) put forward what it called its ultimate settlement offer on April 17, which was subsequently rejected by the union (CUPE 375, representing more than 1200 members) as it allegedly regressed workers’ conditions. Of the 90% of members who voted, 99.54% refused the offer, indicating a profound dissatisfaction with the MEA’s stance.

Union president Martin Lapierre criticized the MEA and the maritime company representatives on its board for their apparent provocation tactics and legal confrontations aimed at undermining the union. The union had hoped that the new president of the Montreal Port Authority (MPA) would facilitate labor relationships; instead, the MPA has complicated negotiations, challenging a recent decision by the Canada Labour Relations Board on essential services.

Amidst this tension, the union remains committed to reaching an agreement, having offered 19 potential negotiation dates through the end of May, which the MEA has not yet confirmed.

For customers and stakeholders of the Port of Montreal, this deadlock suggests potential disruptions in shipments and operations. As the negotiations continue without resolution, businesses relying on this major transport hub might experience delays and increased logistical challenges. The situation underscores the importance of monitoring developments closely, as the outcome of these negotiations could significantly impact regional shipping and supply chains.  Please contact for more details in how to mitigate and circumvent using the Port of Montreal until this resolved.