The British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) has released an update regarding the conciliation process with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Canada and the longshore collective agreement.
BCMEA has been formally notified that the Union has not agreed to an extension of the time period for conciliation.
The 60-day conciliation period expired on April 13, and the parties are now in a 21-day cooling off period that expires on May 4, thereby enabling either party to strike or lockout at 12:01 am on May 5, provided a strike lockout vote was taken and 72 hours’ written notice was given. The BCMEA said it has received confirmation that the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) Conciliator will be reappointed as a mediator to the file, which is consistent with the experience in previous rounds of collective bargaining where dialogue between the parties far surpassed the expiry of the cooling off period.
Meeting dates with ILWU Canada are scheduled from April 29 to May 2; during this period, it continues to be business as usual in all waterfront operations, BCMEA said.
The association said it remains “cautiously optimistic” that the parties will achieve renewal agreements with the assistance of FMCS in the days ahead.
Delmar will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as more information is made available. Additional information may be obtained by contacting your local Delmar Representative.