The British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) -Canada are pleased to announce that they have reached a preliminary agreement that will allow all BC ports to be a competitive, efficient and reliable gateway for the benefit of all Canadians. The provisional agreement is subject to the ratification reserve. „We are delighted to have reached an interim agreement with ILWU. We appreciate the efforts of both parties to focus on an agreement and ensure that BC ports remain open for business. The closure has been lifted and we look forward to getting back to normal. We thank the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services (CSF) and in particular Peter Simpson and Kathy Peters, as well as the Minister of Labour, The Honourable Patty Hajdu, for their support in this process. We are confident that this agreement, once signed, will ensure a positive long-term prospect for trade and operations in our terminals, for the province and for the country,“ said Jeff Scott, Chair of the BCMEA Negotiations Board, which resumed at noon yesterday, and an interim agreement was reached this morning after a new negotiating table. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada has represented successful working people in British Columbia since 1948. ILWU Canada is the exclusive negotiating partner of more than 7,200 men and women across the province.
Ilwu Canada Longshore Division is involved in loading and controlling cargo to and from ships, as well as storing cargo on docks and in warehouses across the country. We are a rank and file union. We encourage membership in EU affairs and represent our members in many forums of interest on the federal, regional and communal stages.