Mediator to meet with container carriers, protesting owner-operators in Vancouver today

VANCOUVER (July 28) — Labour Relations Board mediator Brian Foley this morning will meet with representatives of trucking companies and owner-operators involved in a dispute affecting container terminals at the Port of Vancouver and other ports in the region.

The drivers parked their trucks last Thursday to demand that trucking companies pay by the hour rather than by the round trip. A representative of the group told the Vancouver Sun that the owner-operators are seeking $53 an hour. The flat fee per round trip, which takes two to three hours, ranges between $104 and $160.

The Vancouver Port Authority released a statement yesterday welcoming the discussions, but stated that the shutdown have had a minimal effect on port container traffic, most of which moves by rail.

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