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Truckers at Port Metro Vancouver reached a tentative agreement March 6 to avert a strike that could have further crippled traffic at Canada’s largest port.
Vince Ready, who was appointed by Canadian Transport Minister Lisa Raitt to mediate the dispute, brokered the agreement with unionized truckers and government officials.
“It’s a good place to start,” said Ian Boyko, a spokesman for Unifor, Canada’s largest union, which includes the Vancouver Container Truckers Association. Union members are scheduled to vote on the agreement March 8, he told Transport Topics.
Nonunionized truckers began work stoppages and protesting at the port Feb. 26 over long wait times, congestion and pay issues. Unifor-VCTA voted several days later to begin a strike that was to have begun March 6.