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Port Vancouver May Shut Down AgainMonday, July 21, 2014 > 09:29:02
Port Metro Vancouver may shut down for a second time this year if key items in the agreement that ended the March strike aren't implemented.
More than 350 unionized workers, represented by Unifor, and 1,200 non-union workers walked off the job late February over complaints about long wait times and low rates.
Although an agreement to end the job action was reached at the end of March, the union says "minimum rates for container truck drivers have not been legislated... and drivers are getting short-changed."
Unifor representatives are scheduled to meet with B.C. Transportation Minister Todd Stone and federal Transportation Minister Lisa Raitt on Monday.
"Drivers went back to work. We upheld our end of the bargain. We expect the government to do the same,"
Unifor spokesman Paul Johal said Friday. "We don't want to strike again, but we won't have a choice if the government doesn't meet its obligations."