Trucking strike averted in Port of Vancouver

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Almost 200 container truck drivers at two companies serving the Port of Vancouver will no longer be walking off the job this week. Unifor has advised that agreements have been reached with Prudential Transportation and Aheer Transportation Truckers at the two companies had voted to strike if their employers didn’t match an agreement reached earlier this year with Harbour Link Transportation, which pays truckers $60 per hour after the first hour they spend waiting for their vehicles to be loaded and unloading. The now-signed agreement includes drug, dental, health and insurance coverage, along with increased payments for time spent waiting for their trucks to be loaded and unloaded.  Unifor says the strike would have impacted about 10 per cent of the vehicles servicing the port and threatened Canada’s overall port stability at a time when the western supply chain is facing increasing pressure after recent storms flooded transportation routes.

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