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BC container truckers welcome new pay increases

2019-04-24

Vancouver, BC - Unifor says efforts are paying off for container truck drivers in B.C.'s lower mainland as the provincial government introduced a suite of changes that will make work better for more than 1,700 truckers and help to stabilize the industry, according to the union.

"Few industries need regulation as badly as the container trucking industry," said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. "It's hard to overstate just how much wage theft our members have seen over the years from unethical employers. We welcome the Horgan government's continued leadership on protecting hard-working container truckers."

The provincial government is implementing the vast majority of recommendations in the B.C. Container Trucking Commissioner's Rate and Remuneration report, including a 2 per cent wage rate hike and a commitment to mandate remuneration for all work-related driving by container truckers.

"Nobody should have to work for free," said Unifor-Vancouver Container Trucker Association (Unifor-VCTA) president Paul Johal, referring to the unpaid movement of empty truck beds. "Unifor made a submission to the Commissioner's rate review and impressed upon the government that fair rates will provide stability in Lower Mainland's port trucking industry."

Unifor says provincial regulation is a must in the industry, which has a long history of wage theft. Since the Container Trucking Act was introduced in 2014, more than $2.5 million in recovered wages and fines have been levied.
"Today's  (April 22) announcement sets truckers on firm footing for collective bargaining this summer," said Mr. Johal, who added that collective agreements expire on July 30.

Container truckers shut down Port Metro Vancouver for nearly four weeks in March 2014 as a result of wage undercutting by trucking companies and long wait times at the Port. Truckers went back to work after a plan was signed with the truckers, the Port, the BC government, and the federal government. The BC NDP government responded by increasing rates by 2.6 per cent in 2018, followed by today's announcement of a 2 per cent increase effective June 1, 2019. Unifor said it is optimistic that after all of the new recommendations have been implemented by the Commissioner, further adjustments to the rate tables will also result in higher wages for container truckers. (Photo VFPA)

 
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CTA finds breach in CN service obligations

L'OTC conclut à un manquement aux obligations de service du CN

2019-04-20

Following an investigation authorized by the Minister of Transport, the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) has found that Canadian National Railway Company (CN) breached its level of service obligations.

In September, CN announced its intention to impose embargoes on wood pulp shipments, several months before rail congestion and other challenges emerged in the Vancouver area, and imposed those embargoes in December 2018, rather than making every reasonable effort to deal with those challenges before unilaterally restricting the transportation of the shippers' traffic.

The CTA ordered CN to develop and submit a plan to respond to future traffic surges in the Vancouver area and to avoid, or minimize, the use of embargoes. The determination also sets out criteria for the lawful use of embargoes, including that they be imposed only on an exceptional basis, be targeted to address specific challenges, and be lifted as soon as possible.

The CTA found that Canadian Pacific Railway Company (CP) and BNSF Railway Company (BNSF), the two other railway companies investigated, had not breached their service obligations. As published in COS Weekly Newsletter 19 April 2019.


À la suite d'une enquête autorisée par le ministre des Transports, l'Office des transports du Canada (CTA) a conclu que la Compagnie des chemins de fer nationaux du Canada (CN) avait manqué à ses obligations en matière de niveau de service.

En septembre, le CN a annoncé son intention d'imposer des embargos sur les cargaisons de pâte de bois plusieurs mois avant la congestion des chemins de fer et d'autres problèmes dans la région de Vancouver et a imposé ces embargos en décembre 2018 au lieu de déployer tous les efforts raisonnables pour relever ces défis avant d'unilatéralement restreindre le transport du trafic des expéditeurs.

L'OTC a ordonné au CN d'élaborer et de présenter un plan pour faire face aux futures augmentations de la circulation dans la région de Vancouver et éviter ou limiter le recours aux embargos. La détermination énonce également des critères pour l'utilisation licite des embargos, notamment qu'ils ne doivent être imposés qu'à titre exceptionnel, qu'ils doivent être ciblés de manière à relever des défis spécifiques et être levés dès que possible.

La CTA a conclu que la Compagnie de chemin de fer Canadien Pacifique (CP) et la Compagnie de chemin de fer BNSF (BNSF), les deux autres compagnies de chemin de fer faisant l'objet de l'enquête, n'avaient pas manqué à leurs obligations de service. Tel que publié dans la Lettre hebdomadaire du COS du 19 avril 2019

 
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La FIM-CSN souhaite que le fédéral choisisse Davie pour le remplaçant du Madeleine.

FIM-CSN wants  federal to choose Davie to build the Madeleine replacement.

2019-04-20

MONTRÉAL, le 18 avril 2019 -À la suite de l'annonce de Marc Garneau, ministre fédéral des Transports, de remplacer l'actuel navire Madeleine sans avoir recours à un appel d'offres, la Fédération de l'industrie manufacturière (FIM-CSN) souhaite que le gouvernement fédéral choisisse les chantiers Davie pour mener à bien la construction de ce nouveau navire.
«?Depuis l'annulation du contrat de construction du navire qui devait remplacer le CTMA Madeleine, nous attendions cette nouvelle avec impatience. Or, nous savons très bien qu'actuellement, le seul chantier disposé à accepter un tel projet est celui de la Davie, puisque les autres chantiers canadiens peinent déjà à livrer au gouvernement fédéral plusieurs navires attendus depuis fort longtemps, de préciser Louis Bégin, président de la FIM-CSN. Il est grand temps que le gouvernement fédéral reconnaisse l'importante expertise du plus grand chantier canadien qui fut laissé pour compte dans le cadre de la Stratégie nationale de construction navale du Canada. Il est également temps de rassurer les Madeliniennes et les Madelinots qui attendent aussi cette annonce qui, à terme, garantira le service essentiel de traversier auquel ils ont droit.?»
Le 18 janvier dernier, à la suite de l'annulation du contrat de desserte maritime des Îles-de-la-Madeleine liant le gouvernement du Québec et la Coopérative de transport maritime et aérien (CTMA), la FIM-CSN avait formulé le souhait que le gouvernement du Québec favorise un investissement local. SOURCE Fédération de l'industrie manufacturière (FIM-CSN)  Photo de Yvon Maurice - Flickr: Traversier, Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec, CC BY-SA


MONTREAL, April 18, 2019 -Following the announcement by Marc Garneau, Federal Minister of Transport, to replace the current vessel Madeleine without a call for tenders, the Fédération de l'Industrie (FIM-CSN) wants the federal government to choose Davie shipyards to complete the construction of this new vessel.
"Since the cancellation of the shipbuilding contract to replace the CTMA Madeleine, we have been waiting for this news with impatience. However, we know very well that the only shipyard currently willing to accept such a project is Davie, since other Canadian shipyards are already struggling to deliver to the federal government a number of long-awaited ships, 'said Louis Bégin, President. FIM-CSN. It is high time for the federal government to recognize the important expertise of Canada's largest shipyard, which was ignored by Canada's National Shipbuilding Strategy. It is also time to reassure the Madelineans who are also waiting for this announcement which will eventually guarantee the essential ferry service to which they are entitled. '
On January 18, following the cancellation of the Îles-de-la-Madeleine maritime service contract between the Government of Québec and the Co-operative for Sea and Air Transport (CTMA), FIM-CSN expressed the wish that the Québec government promote local investment.
SOURCE Federation of Manufacturing Industry (FIM-CSN)  Phioto by Yvon Maurice - Flickr: Traversier, Îles-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec, CC BY-SA 2.0,

 
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