Unifor reaches deals with six container truckers

Union describes the agreement as a major step towards stability at Port Metro Vancouver.

VANCOUVER — Container truck drivers at several Metro Vancouver trucking companies have voted to ratify collective agreements after several days of around-the-clock bargaining, said Unifor.

The union identified the companies as AG, Aheer, Forward, Prudential and Sunlover.

Roughly 75% of truck drivers represented by Unifor have now ratified a collective agreement that won’t expire until July 2019, which the union calls in a release, “a major step towards stability at Port Metro Vancouver”

The new deal ensures that all outstanding retro pay will be paid out to drivers within 30 days, improves rates for CN and CP moves, and fixes the pay chart for “off dock” moves.

Companies will also provide job security protections and better dispatching language, and start contributing toward a benefit plan for both owner-operators and company drivers.

Unifor said Port Transport and Harbour Link remain unwilling to bargain deals that meet the pattern. Port Transport’s workers have been on strike for a week and remain off the job.

Harbour Link has been one of the main companies that have refused to provide retroactive wages required under the Container Trucking Act. Unifor has filed a complaint with the Office of the Container Truck Commissioner seeking both wages and penalties.

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