Vancouver strike-free until Aug. 18

Vancouver strike-free until Aug. 18

Operations at the Port of Vancouver, British Columbia should continue to operate without interruption at least through Aug. 18 despite an impasse in negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union foremen's local and the Waterfront Foremen Employers Association.

ILWU Local 514 late Friday announced that it will not issue a strike notice until at least Aug. 18. By law, the union must provide 72 hour's advance strike notice after that date.

A strike or lock-out could have occurred as of midnight tonight local time. The Canadian government, under Section 105 of the Canada Labor Code, on Friday appointed a mediator to oversee negotiations.

The employer's association immediately announced that it would not issue a lock-out notice for the duration of the mediator's appointment. Employers asked that the union also pledge not to engage in a job action.

Employers, in a press release, stated that they expect contract negotiations will resume during the week of Aug. 18.

Employers and the union, without a contract since Jan. 1, remain divided over monetary, jurisdictional and operational issues.

- Bill Mongelluzzo