• ITVI.USA
    12,872.370
    189.930
    1.5%
  • OTRI.USA
    15.340
    0.780
    5.4%
  • OTVI.USA
    12,860.970
    187.460
    1.5%
  • TLT.USA
    2.650
    0.050
    1.9%
  • TSTOPVRPM.ATLPHL
    2.520
    0.160
    6.8%
  • TSTOPVRPM.CHIATL
    1.860
    0.020
    1.1%
  • TSTOPVRPM.DALLAX
    1.310
    0.140
    12%
  • TSTOPVRPM.LAXDAL
    2.260
    0.100
    4.6%
  • TSTOPVRPM.PHLCHI
    1.260
    0.040
    3.3%
  • TSTOPVRPM.LAXSEA
    2.730
    0.150
    5.8%
  • WAIT.USA
    120.000
    -19.000
    -13.7%
  • ITVI.USA
    12,872.370
    189.930
    1.5%
  • OTRI.USA
    15.340
    0.780
    5.4%
  • OTVI.USA
    12,860.970
    187.460
    1.5%
  • TLT.USA
    2.650
    0.050
    1.9%
  • TSTOPVRPM.ATLPHL
    2.520
    0.160
    6.8%
  • TSTOPVRPM.CHIATL
    1.860
    0.020
    1.1%
  • TSTOPVRPM.DALLAX
    1.310
    0.140
    12%
  • TSTOPVRPM.LAXDAL
    2.260
    0.100
    4.6%
  • TSTOPVRPM.PHLCHI
    1.260
    0.040
    3.3%
  • TSTOPVRPM.LAXSEA
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  • WAIT.USA
    120.000
    -19.000
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Deal ends lockout at British Columbia ports

A lockout of about 6,500 longshore workers at British Columbia’s ports ended after less than three hours following a tentative contract agreement between their union and employers.

The British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) lifted its lockout order, which affected about 6,500 members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU)-Canada shortly before 11:00 a.m. PDT on May 30. The lockout had brought Canada’s largest port, Vancouver, to a standstill along with its smaller cousins in the province.

The ILWU agreed to cease its labor action at Vancouver’s Deltaport and Vanterm, which had precipitated the BCMEA lockout order.

As news of the deal spread, ILWU members quickly packed up their picket lines.

The BCMEA, which represents companies operating at the ports, and the ILWU-Canada held overnight talks, which continued as the lockout began. The federal government mediated the discussions, which included the Minister of Labor, Patty Hajdu.

A contract between the BCMEA and ILWU-Canada longshore workers expired in 2018. Terms of the tentative agreement have yet to be released, though they likely include provisions related to automation at the ports – a key issue for the union.

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Nate Tabak, Border and North America Correspondent

Nate Tabak is a Toronto-based journalist who covers cross-border trucking, logistics and trade for FreightWaves. Before moving to Canada, he spent seven years reporting stories in the Balkans and Eastern Europe as a reporter, producer and editor based in Kosovo. He previously worked at newspapers in the San Francisco Bay Area, including the San Jose Mercury News. He graduated from UC Berkeley, where he studied the history of American policing. Contact Nate at ntabak@freightwaves.com.
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