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Port of Vancouver, Canada Labor Situation

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Canada posted on Sunday, May 26, 2019, they would take limited and targeted job action on Monday morning, May 27, 2019, at the Global Container Terminals, GCT Deltaport (Delta) and GCT Vanterm (Vancouver). The ILWU did not move forward with a full-scale strike, however, an overtime ban at the GCT Deltaport and GCT Vanterm was initiated. The ILWU Canada President, Rob Ashton, advised all ports would remain open and no picket lines would go up as contract talks continue. Please refer to the ILWU press release:

 Current Status: 

  • On May 28, 2019, the British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) provided notice to the ILWU Canada of its intention to “lockout” all ILWU employees covered by the BCMEA/ILWU Canada collective agreement, effective 8:00 AM, May 30, 2019. Please refer to the BCMEA news release.
  • As of 11:30 PM, May 28, 2019, the BCMEA advised that further discussions with the mediator, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS), and the Canadian Ministry of Labour resulted in the BCMEA and ILWU Canada agreeing to return to the bargaining table today (May 29) at noon in Vancouver. This is a positive development. Per the ILWU press release on Sunday, the union has been attempting through 18 months of negotiations to renew the industry collective agreement that expired March 31, 2018.
  • The ILWU Canada posted an update May 29, 2019, on their website advising their members of the BCMEA lockout notice, but also noted the situation is very fluid and changing by the minute. Please refer to the ILWU Canada update on their website:

The ocean carriers are closely monitoring the situation and advised they will provide updates to help customers make decisions on Canadian cargo and supply chains. MIQ will continue to monitor any service delays and/or routing changes that can impact transit times and provide updates as they are available.

For more information, please contact your local MIQ Logistics, a company of Noatum Logistics representative