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N.B. ag-haulers fight for rates

SALISBURY, N.B. - A new association representing owner/operators in New Brunswick says the province can forget about resuming construction on the Trans-Canada Highway between Moncton and Fredericton u...


DEJA VU: Fighting over the project is nothing new for the MRDC, but it lost the battle to toll the route.
DEJA VU: Fighting over the project is nothing new for the MRDC, but it lost the battle to toll the route.

SALISBURY, N.B. – A new association representing owner/operators in New Brunswick says the province can forget about resuming construction on the Trans-Canada Highway between Moncton and Fredericton unless they get paid higher rates.

“Nobody is going back to work,” says Willard Killam, an O/O involved with the Tri-County Association of Gravel Truck Contractors. As many as 70 independents have joined since early February. Their argument is that even though a third party holds the contract, the Maritime Road Development Corp. (MRDC), the province nonetheless is the one fronting the money. Therefore, the O/Os should get the full provincial rate of $2.08/tonne. They say MRDC is now paying them only $1.37/tonne. n


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