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Prince Rupert port wins injunction against grain handlers

PRINCE RUPERT, B.C. -- Port of Vancouver grain handlers have been told they can't picket at the Prince Rupert grain...

PRINCE RUPERT, B.C. — Port of Vancouver grain handlers have been told they can’t picket at the Prince Rupert grain terminal, following a standoff there earlier this week.

Shipments were delayed at Prince Rupert on Tuesday after locked out workers from the Port of Vancouver picketed at the Prince Rupert terminal, where most grain is being diverted. The employees felt they had a right to picket in Prince Rupert, as both facilities are owned by the same company.

The B.C. Supreme Court felt differently, however, granting an injunction to the Prince Rupert grain terminal operators and ensuring grain can continue to be moved through the port without delay.

“We’re very pleased the chief justice was able to see our point of view and that we’re able to get our people back to work,” says Jeff Burghardt, Prince Rupert terminal manager.

So far, the labor dispute has resulted in only a small backlog of unloaded grain.

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