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Striking workers reach a tentative deal at Port of Montreal

PortandTerminal.com, August 21, 2020

MONTREAL – The Maritime Employers Association (MEA) says that it has settled on an agreement in principle with longshore workers and checkers to halt the 12-day strike that has shut down Canada’s second-largest port.

The strike by more than 1,100 employees, who have been without a collective agreement for nearly two years, revolves largely around wages and scheduling.

Both parties have now concluded a truce agreement and will work under its parameters as they negotiate a new contract. 

Canadian broadcaster CBC is reporting that the tentative deal comes two days after workers and management clashed over whether containers with perishable goods and hazardous materials should be removed from the docks, with employers threatening to bring in replacement workers.

Federal Labour Minister Filomena Tassi had refused to intervene in the negotiations, citing her belief in the bargaining process, despite calls from industry groups and the Ontario and Quebec governments for more direct involvement.

A press conference is scheduled for later today where more details about the agreement will be discussed.

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