COMPETITION WATCH: Unionized workers at Clarke Transport Concord terminal reject offer

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CONCORD, Ont. — Clarke Inc. has announced late today that renewed terms of employment offered by its subsidiary, Clarke Transport Inc. (Clarke Transport), to 66 unionized dock workers employed at Clarke Transport’s Concord, Ontario terminal location were rejected over the weekend in a vote held by the Teamsters Local Union No. 938.

The collective bargaining agreement between Clarke Transport and the union expired on December 31, 2005.

On January 3, 2005, Clarke Transport locked the affected union employees out, following the rejection by the union of terms of employment offered by the company. Unresolved issues include hourly compensation rates, shift changes and use of part-time workers.

Clarke Transport cannot, at this time, determine when the lock out will end. Although operations at Clarke Transport’s Concord location will be affected by the labour dispute, Clarke Transport expects to continue providing services from its other locations across Canada.

Clarke is a diversified investment holding company with interests in freight transportation services, international shipping, warehousing, real estate and information technology services. Headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Clarke and its subsidiaries have offices across Canada, and provide direct employment for over 680 employees and contractors.

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