Vancouver container haulers join union, consider protests

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VANCOUVER, B.C. — West Coast container haulers who went on strike this summer may be protest once again, according to a report in the Journal of Commerce.

The independent container haulers say a loophole in the agreement handed down by the feds allows companies to undercut the pay rates laid out in the agreement. The independent truckers have joined the Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) union and are reportedly preparing a master collective bargaining agreement which will be presented to about 35 carriers, the report says.

Container hauler spokesman, Ken Halliday, says the truckers have joined CAW Local 2006 and the drivers are now awaiting certification.

Duncan Wilson of the Vancouver Port Authority confirmed to the Journal of Commerce that new trucking companies are beginning to serve the port. Halliday says it’s happening at the expense of independent contractors since not all carriers are bound to the rules and rates laid out under the agreement.

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