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Port of Vancouver Contract Negotiations Updates

1. Joint statement by Ministers of Labour and Transport: On June 28, Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Labour, and Omar Alghabra, Minister of Transport, issued a statement regarding the collective bargaining negotiations. They said:

“We support the collective bargaining process because the best deals are made at the bargaining table. That is our focus here. We strongly encourage the parties to get back to the bargaining table and work together to reach an agreement. That is what matters most right now. Everyone – the employer, the union, the mediators and the government – understands the urgency and what is at stake for Canadians and our supply chains. The parties are responsible for moving goods both nationally and internationally, and industries and consumers would feel the effects of a work stoppage. Senior mediators from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service are meeting with the parties and will keep supporting negotiations until an agreement is reached.”

2. CPKC: On June 28, CPKC issued a customer bulletin that said:

"At this time, we do not anticipate any significant service interruptions to result from this work stoppage, and as such, CPKC has not initiated embargoes related to a potential service interruption, but we are closely monitoring developments to evaluate any impact to shipments on CPKC’s network. We will provide updates as necessary."

3. CN: In a June 29 customer advisory, CN said:

"CN is currently monitoring this situation very closely and will continue to keep you updated should there be a need to reduce capacity (empty and loads) given the impact of this potential service interruption on CN's Network. At this point, we do not anticipate an immediate impact to our international services going into the upcoming weekend. CN’s domestic and international services to ports other than British Columbia will continue as normal during this period."

Credit: CIFFA

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