Unifor Locals issue strike notice to Seaway Management Corp.

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Workers at the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp. are prepared to strike as of midnight October 21, 2023 . Unifor, the union representing the group issued a 72-hour strike notice, and negotiations are set to continue until an agreement is reached. The strike would affect five local sections in Quebec and Ontario, potentially shutting down transit through the seaway between the Jacques-Cartier Bridge in Montreal and Niagara Falls, Ontario. The 361 employees play a crucial role in transporting ships along the seaway, especially in the locks and navigational points, including those in Montreal, Beauharnois, Iroquois, and the Welland Canal. About 4,000 ships pass through the seaway each year, making it a critical transportation route for goods. The workers have been demanding a “serious wage offer.” Last week, the union announced workers had voted 99 percent in favour of a strike mandate.  Unifor locals 4211, 4212, 4323, 4319, and 4320 have been without a contract since March 31, 2023. The main point of contention is salaries, with union members finding the offers to be below market value. If the strike proceeds, it could disrupt the transport of goods along the seaway, impacting various industries, including grain shipments.

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