MEA and CUPE 375 negotiations update

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The agreement between the Maritime Employers Association (MEA) and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE 375), covers approximately 1,000 longshore workers at the Port of Montreal, and expires on December 31 this year. The MEA has reported that, after only several hours of bargaining on September 13, CUPE 375, applied to Labour Canada for formal conciliation. The conciliation period of 60 days began October 6th, with the appointment of conciliators by the Federal mediation and conciliation service. The conciliation period can be extended if both parties agree and is followed by a 21-day “cooling off” period. On October 6th, the MEA filed an Essential Services request to the CIRB to assure activities at the Port of Montreal continue in case of labour conflict.

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