The articles excerpted on this site report on the state of the industry as seen by mainstream media, and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the officers of the ILWU Coast Longshore Division.

Deal averts strike by cargo handlers

ILWU Canada had conducted a strike vote in February. Photo of Port of Metro Vancouver.

A tentative deal has been reached to avert a strike by longshoremen at B.C. ports.

The 3,500 members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada (ILWU) are expected to vote next week on the on the prospective deal […]


Canada waterfront talks: ITF comment

ITF president and dockers’ section chair Paddy Crumlin commented on the lack of progress in contract talks between the British Columbia Maritime Employers’ Association and the ITF-affiliated ILWU Canada.

Paddy Crumlin said: “We’re concerned to hear from ILWU Canada that despite its best efforts there has been no progress in negotiations with the BCMEA on […]


BCMEA, ILWU Canada continue talks

ILWU Canada president Tom Dufresne said the union’s top goals in talks are to retain a supplementary pension and First Aid attendants, in the face of possible cuts, and to expand maternity and paternity benefits.

“We’re looking for some top-up on maternity and paternity leave, because right now all we have is what’s contained in […]


Port of Nanaimo Strike Concerns

A potential strike at the Port of Nanaimo is threatening to stop shipments and put the island’s forest industry on hold.

Mediated talks between the BC Maritime Employers Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada are taking place all this week.

Thousands of workers have taken a strike vote, but so far […]


Canadian Longshoremen, Employers Resume Talks

In addition to the traditional collective bargaining issues, employers seek to amend the Canada Labor Code to eliminate the use of a union strike or employer lockout and replace it with a mediation/arbitration process.

ILWU Canada said the proposed change would establish subjective criteria for the arbitrator to consider. Those criteria are outside of the […]


Canada Longshoremen Headed To Strike If No Contract Reached

Port Metro Vancouver

The negotiations between the ILWU Canada and the BCMEA (an organization that represents the various employers) have been ongoing for 18 months. The Union has been negotiating in good faith with employers and desires a fair contract. Container traffic volume is in the record numbers and the companies are making hundreds […]


Longshore workers not planning strike notice

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada has no plans to issue a strike notice at this time, contrary to statements by senior staff at the British Columbia Maritime Employers Association to the effect that a strike could begin as early as Monday.

In fact, the BCMEA and the ILWU are scheduled to be back […]


Reports: Possible work stoppage threatens to close Prince Rupert Port

The Port of Prince Rupert is facing a potential work stoppage in near future, one that could see the entire Asia-Pacific Gateway close down. Members of [ILWU Local 505], have recently held a strike vote, along with other chapters from all over British Columbia.

The union’s negotiating team has not yet decided to release the […]


CIRB Decision Supports ILWU Canada and ILWU Local 514 Negotiating Committees

The Canada Industrial Relations Board has dismissed allegations of bad faith bargaining leveled at the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada by the BC Maritime Employers Association.

In a decision released on Friday, the CIRB dismissed completely the allegations made by the BCMEA that the Union has been bargaining in bad faith or failed to […]


Canada’s Minister of Labour Refers ILWU & BCMEA Collective Bargaining to CIRB

Canadian Minister of Labour, Lisa Raitt, has officially referred the current round of collective bargaining between ILWU and the BCMEA to the Canadian Industrial Relations Board. The CIRB has been given the task of determining whether either party has been bargaining in bad faith, or been unreasonable in their effort to enter into an agreement.



ILWU fights union-busting tactics

ILWU Canada members at a recent protest

The Canadian dockers’ union, International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) is standing up to employers Global Container Terminals (TSI).

The ITF-affiliated union is in dispute over the company’s union-busting tactics, which it believes are a clear attack on the right to collective bargaining.

The union and company […]


Canada’s Labour Minister Refers BC Ports Dispute to the CIRB

On Wednesday, Canada’s Labour Minister, Lisa Raitt, took action to help ensure both parties in the British Columbia Ports dispute reach a new collective agreement by referring the matter to the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB). The negotiations in question are between the British Columbia Maritime Employers Association and ILWU Canada (Foremen and Longshoremen).

“I […]


Longshore job action not likely, says ILWU Canada boss

The president of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada does not foresee imminent job action despite the fact that the union’s contract expires at the end of the month. Tom Dufresne president of ILWU-Canada said the public should not be concerned now that Ottawa has appointed mediators Ted Hughes and John Rooney to help […]