The BCMEA Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada (ILWU) have formally agreed on a new five-year collective agreement that prevented a possible prolonged interruption of freight traffic through the ports of B.C. On January 25, the two parties – the British Columbia Maritime Workers Association (BCMEA) and the International Longshore Workers Union (ILWU) – filed joint dispute resolution offices, where discussions were virtually interrupted. As of today, February 19, the Minister of Labour has appointed Kathy M. Peters in charge of conciliation, which aims to facilitate a collective renewal agreement. I hope this is a sign of progress. UPDATE: Status of negotiations with ILWU Canada Longshore and ILWU Ship and Dock Foremen Local 514. After five (5) days of successive meetings over the past week and despite all efforts, key issues have not been resolved between the parties. However, the parties have agreed to file a joint complaint with the Minister of Labour, who will now appoint a conciliation mediator for the ongoing discussion on contract renewal. This notification was filed on Friday, January 25, 2019. Note: The Minister has a maximum of 15 days to appoint a conciliation mediator. Last September, the International Longshoremen`s Association (ILA) ratified an agreement with the United States Maritime Alliance (USMX). The six-year contract helps ensure the stability of labour and port services at the ports of U.S.
ports on the East Coast and Gulf of Mexico until 2024. The filing of this joint dispute settlement triggered the following deadline under the Canadian Labour Code: the application of the aforementioned time line to a calendar means that the 21st day after the conciliation ends will be Wednesday, May 1, 2019. During the 21-day period, each party may strike 72 hours or lock out, provided that it meets the conditions of a vote and has received a mandate from the majority that voted. We remain cautiously optimistic that the parties will reach a renewal agreement with the support of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services (CSMF). Foremen Bargaining Dates are scheduled for early February to meet with ILWU Ship and Dock Foremen Local 51 The interim agreement was reached on May 30 after a late-night bargaining session that ended a BCMEA blockade and the risk of a large-scale strike by ILWU members. In July 2017, the U.S. International Longshore and Warehouse Union signed a three-year extension of its contract with the Pacific Maritime Association. The original collective agreement ended a stalemate that disrupted freight movement through major U.S.
West Coast ports from mid-2014 to early 2015 and diverted some of that northbound traffic to the ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert. The British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) and the International Longshore Workers Union (ILWU) Local 514 have been negotiating since the current collective agreement for Canada`s west coast expired in March 2018. Discussions are not going well and are broken. The continuing conflict between the British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) and the International Union of Longshore and Warehouse – Canada (ILWU- Canada) led a BCMEA to send a lockout notice to all Oshore workers covered by Canada`s collective agreement, which expired on May 30, 2019.