DAILY NEWS Mar 25, 2014 9:16 AM - 0 comments

Legislation introduced to force unionized port truckers back to work

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VANCOUVER, B.C. -- The B.C. government today introduced legislation that will require unionized truck drivers serving Port Metro Vancouver to return to work.

The legislation introduced today requires a 90-day cooling off period for the 250 striking Unifor truckers impacting operations at the port.

Violating the return to work order, which could pass by Wednesday, will cost truckers $400 per day or a union or employer $10,000 per day.

The legislation does not impact non-unionized container truckers.

“This legislation is being tabled reluctantly and comes after multiple attempts over recent weeks to end the dispute and get Port Metro Vancouver back to full capacity," said Shirley Bond, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training. "The disruption at Canada’s largest and busiest port is impacting our economy, jobs and our trading reputation. This 90-day cooling off period will allow the parties to get back to the bargaining table while normal Port operations resume and goods get moving again.”

The port says it is committed to implementing a 14-point action plan to reduce wait times and improve efficiencies. The legislation tabled today allows the province to extend the cooling off period an additional 60 days if necessary.

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