Drayage companies seek court order to prevent another strike at Port of Vancouver

VANCOUVER (Feb. 8, 2000) — Twenty-five trucking companies operating at the Port of Vancouver will seek a court order preventing owner-operators there from striking for a second time in seven months.

Peter Gill, a Vancouver lawyer, said he has been retained by the trucking companies, who last August agreed to pay truckers the equivalent of $46 an hour instead of a per-trip fee starting Oct. 1 in order to end a five-week work stoppage.

The Container Haulers Association, a group representing 350 drayage truckers, said it would tell members to park their rigs again because some trucking firms are not living up to the terms of the deal. The association wants the Vancouver Port Authority to suspend operating licences for those firms not paying hourly wages.

It said a strike may be needed in order to protect the spirit of the agreement.

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