According to the Toronto Star, members of the National Truckers Association are upset that Ontario freight shippers have not lived up to an agreement reached with truckers on Oct. 20. The NTA tied up Ontario industries and disrupted highway traffic last month until the deal was reached.
Under the deal, Ontario's freight shippers agreed to an 8.9 percent fuel surcharge based on the gross contract price carriers get for shipping goods for Canadian manufacturers, which was supposed to be passed on to truckers.
Truckers expected to receive an extra 14 cents per mile traveled or about $400 a week to make up for a 75 per cent increase in diesel prices over the last 17 months.
The association is planning to meet this weekend to discuss their next course of action, and NTA President Bill Wellman said he wouldn’t be surprised if the truckers voted to block major highways on Monday.
The association represents about 2,000 owner-operators out of the province's 20,000 independent truckers.