Negotiations between Port Montreal and dockworkers continue

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Negotiations between the Maritime Employers Association (MEA) and Local 375 of the Canadian Public Employees (CUPE), representing 1,100 Port Montreal dockworkers, are ongoing with both parties participating in mediation meetings supported by the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service leading up to the holidays. More meetings are planned in January while no labour disruption can occur as the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) reviews the MEA application to declare some longshore services as “essential services” under the Canada Labour Code. The CIRB has requested more information from the parties due at the end of the month and until a ruling is made, no disruptions can happen.  It is business as usual at the Port of Montreal for now.  The collective agreement expired on December 31st. The MEA is seeking greater operational flexibility and adjustments to the number of workers with guaranteed job security, while the union is reportedly seeking a 20% wage increase over four years and permanent job security after three years.

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