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.

CN Rail, Unifor reach tentative late-night deal to avoid lockout

Unifor says it has reached a tentative contract settlement with Canadian National Railway to avoid a lockout of 4,800 workers.

The Montreal-based railway had said it planned to lock out workers represented by Unifor unless the union agreed to binding arbitration to settle contract differences. However, Unifor president Jerry Dias had firmly rejected binding arbitration.



3,000 locomotive engineers and conductors begin strike in Canada

In an article titled ‘CP engineers on strike after talks fail,’ the Journal of Commerce reports:

A Teamsters union representing more than 3,000 Canadian Pacific Railway locomotive engineers and conductors walked off the job after failing to reach an agreement by the midnight deadline on Feb. 14.

Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) members went on […]


Vancouver truckers’ strike hits shippers

The delivery of local imported cargo at Port Metro Vancouver is being interrupted as the standoff between striking truckers and the Canadian government showed no signs of ending today.

With the strike entering its third week, and truck traffic at Canada’s largest port down to a trickle, marine terminals are running out of storage space. […]


International Transport Workers Federation decries treatment of stranded seafarers in Quebec City

”We are extremely pleased that Canada has seriously given life to the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC),” said Peter Lahay ITF Canadian Coordinator. ”On our request Transport Canada inspectors are enforcing a convention that has been agreed to by the world’s shipping community and member states of the International Labour Organization (ILO). The ILO has […]