ILA Stands In Solidarity With ILWU Canada In Dispute With British Columbia Maritime Employers Association

NORTH BERGEN, N.J. – (May 29, 2019) The International Longshoremen’s Association, AFL-CIO stands in solidarity with our Sister and Brother members of International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Canada against the British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) who have threatened a lockout of longshore workers at the Port of Vancouver and Prince Rupert on Thursday morning.

“The ILA has learned that BCMEA is locking out Canadian longshore workers effective 8 am on Thursday, May 30, 2019,” said the ILA. “We applaud ILWU Canada’s President Rob Ashton and his ILWU members for opposing automation that rob job opportunities from hard working longshore workers while companies enjoy record profits. The ILA was able to negotiate a new six-year Master Contract Agreement last year that offered full protection against automated ports for the life of the contract and we believe ILWU Canada has the right and obligation to do the same.”

The ILA urges BCMEA to return to the bargaining table. The ILA offer whatever assistance it can to demonstrate full solidarity with ILWU Canada.

For additional information, contact Jim McNamara at ILA:
jmcnamara@ialunion.org
(917) 853-0440