Clarke Transport, Teamsters ink labour deal

CONCORD, Ont. — After a seven-week labour disruption Halifax-based Clarke Inc. has renewed terms of employment to about 60 unionized dockworkers at Clarke Transport’s Concord, Ont. facility.

The new four-year agreement was ratified in a vote held yesterday by the Teamsters Local Union No. 938.

Clarke had locked out about 66 Teamsters dockworkers from the terminal on Jan. 6, 2006 after the employees voted to reject the company’s latest contract offer.

The union rejected the contract over “unresolved issues include hourly compensation rates, shift changes and use of part-time workers.” The collective bargaining agreement between the two parties expired on December 31, 2005.

Clarke is an investment holding company with interests in freight transportation services, international shipping, and warehousing.

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