EDMONTON, Alta. – Gravel truck drivers in Edmonton have returned to work after many walked off the job July 4.
Striking truck drivers reached a tentative deal with their employers last month, with most drivers returning to work immediately after. The group was represented by the Edmonton Independent Gravel Truckers Association, but most brokered their own independent deals with their employers. Those agreements were then reviewed by the association, says spokesman T.J. Sagoo.
The strike followed on the heels of a similar gravel trucker strike in the Lower Mainland of B.C. earlier this year. Truckers there returned to the job after striking a deal for increased pay and fuel surcharges.
About 350 gravel truckers took part in the Edmonton strike, demanding an increase in minimum haul rates and fuel surcharges. In Edmonton, the strike got ugly with truckers who chose to remain on the job reporting they were harassed. Some said their trucks were vandalized (one driver claimed his brake line was cut), but the association said its members were not behind the attacks.
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