Truckers' Strike Crippling Canadian Port
August 11, 1999
Independent drivers who haul containers at the Port of Vancouver, British Columbia, have been on strike for the past two weeks, and some shipping lines are thinking about switching ports.
The truckers are demanding higher pay from the trucking firms they haul for. Port executives met with trucking companies and owner-operators last week to help negotiate a solution. The trucking companies offered to boost their payments to drivers by $50 a load, and the port offered a short-term extra fee of $30 per container. The drivers rejected the offers.
Monday, port executives met with carriers and terminal operators to discuss longer gate hours and other ways to improve working conditions for truckers.
Trucking companies at West Coast ports in the United States are closely watching the situation, because they have also been plagued by work stoppages and union organizing efforts.