VANCOUVER—One of the two hold-out container trucking companies have signed a tentative agreement with Unifor members, leaving only truckers at Prudential Transportation in a legal strike position.
“The Unifor pattern agreement in Vancouver’s container truck sector is fair and provides drivers with reasonable wages and benefits,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. “There is simply no reason every trucking company at the port should not have signed it already.”
Strike notice was served by Unifor on Monday, November 29, 2021 to two companies, but with Aheer Transportation signing on today, Prudential Transportation has isolated itself and will be the subject of strike action on Friday morning if a tentative agreement cannot be reached.
Media have reported shipping backlogs at the Port of Vancouver partially because of reduced traffic on flooded highways in B.C. Unifor members at Prudential are eager to do their part to ease port bottlenecks, but the employer is making it impossible by insisting on lower wages and benefits for their drivers.
Unifor Western Regional Director Gavin McGarrigle is cautiously optimistic about the tentative agreement signed today: “We’re pleased to have reached an agreement with Aheer, and we’re hopeful this will turn the page and lead to a more productive bargaining relationship with the company.”
Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.