BRAMPTON, Ont.–The Container Trucking Association of Ontario (CTAO) said it has finalized a historic agreement at 6:30pm on September 16, 2015 which was signed by CTAO and Transport Industry CEOs.
The settlement, after 9 days of negotiations CTAO said were tense and difficult, includes a fair percentage increase in rates for the first time in over a decade and is unprecedented in the North American Container Trucking industry, said a release.
The CTAO represents 800 and growing independent owner operators and drivers who transport intermodal containers from the rail yards of CN and CP and have been involved in a labour dispute since giving advance notice of their intent on September 8, 2015.
CTAO members said they were protesting against low rates, increases in inflation, high operating costs, extensive wait-times at rail yards, and unsafe and unhealthy long working hours.
CTAO said while the deal doesn’t address all concerns it does dramatically improve the situation by increasing rates, which have not been raised in 10 years.
“Both parties came together in good faith and we thank the CEO’s who have signed today, we applaud your leadership, courage and cooperation. This was the result of a collective desire to get the drivers back on the road. After 10 years we have set the bar for container truckers and the standard that the industry respects,” said Patrick Rhodin, CTAO President.
“After 6 months of tense and very difficult negations and 9 days of labour dispute we are elated that we have an unprecedented and historical agreement for the members of the CTAO. We applaud the CEO’s, who signed our CTAO proposal and agreement. We look forward to a long and prosperous relationship,” said Ajay Chopra, Chief Labour Negotiator.