Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada

January 31, 2012 16:45 ET

Minister Raitt Congratulates BC Maritime Employers Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union on Ratifying an Eight-Year Collective Agreement

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 31, 2012) - Today, the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Canada's Labour Minister, congratulated the BC Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 514 on ratifying a new collective agreement.

"I am very pleased that the BCMEA and the ILWU have successfully reached an eight-year negotiated agreement that will ensure long-term labour stability at British Columbia's shipping ports," said Minister Raitt. "Strong labour-management relations benefit our country's economic prosperity and the economic security of Canadians."

"We are committed to sustaining and strengthening Canada's global reputation as a dependable and efficient shipping gateway that businesses can depend on," said Minister Raitt. "And with this agreement our trading partners can be assured that Canada is open to business and can be relied upon to meet the import and export demands of the 21st century."

ILWU Local 514 represents nearly 500 foremen working at the ports. The parties reached their new eight-year agreement with the assistance of the Labour Program's Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.

The Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service provides dispute resolution and prevention assistance to trade unions and employers under the jurisdiction of the Canada Labour Code.

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Contact Information

  • Ashley Kelahear
    Press Secretary
    Office of Minister Raitt
    819-953-5646

    Media Relations Office
    Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    819-994-5559