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Unionized truckers at Port Metro Vancouver rejected a tentative agreement that had been brokered late last week to resolve simmering disputes, and began a strike at the port March 10.
A last-minute tentative agreement to avert a strike after a week of protests by nonunionized workers was “too little, too late,” said Paul Johal, president of Unifor-Vancouver Container Truckers’ Association, which represents several hundred drayage truckers at the port.
Pickets went up at 7 a.m. local time, said Ian Boyko, a spokesman for Unifor, which is Canada’s largest labor union.
A larger number of nonunionized truckers, who are part of the United Truckers Association, stopped working and began protesting at the port Feb. 26, citing slow congestion, slow turn times and pay issues.