Strike threat from Vancouver truckers
A small group of owner-operator truckers in Vancouver have threatened a strike beginning May 4, though the action would not completely disrupt container movement in the western Canadian port.
The potential strike involves drivers from three companies — Team Transport Services, Port Transport and Pacific Transportation Group — over what they consider to be inadequate rates to haul containers from the Port Metro Vancouver to off-dock storage yards.
A 2005 work stoppage by more than 1,000 drivers crippled Vancouver and led to the development of a truck firm licensing system. The port this week said the potential strike would affect only three of 196 licensed companies and that any picketing would have to take place away from port property.