As we had reported last week, the Canadian branch of the ILWU had a nearly unanimous vote on June 13th to authorize a 72-hr notice of a strike if necessary. The Canadian ILWU has provided notice on June 28th of a strike, to occur at 8 am July 1st. Maritime Executive reports that there was an impasse in negotiations hit the night of June 27th, however, both sides are still willing to meet for the next round of negotiations on June 29th.
Under Canadian Labor Code, grain vessels will not be impacted by the strike, and the BCMEA (British Columbia Maritime Employers Association) asserts that cruise ships will continue to be serviced. That means, that this strike will mostly be focused on containerships.
Both the Canadian Minster of Labor and the Canadian Minster of Transport are supporting the continuing negotiations, as the strike will affect the 500 million dollars’ worth of goods that move through British Columbia’s ports each day.
We will continue to monitor the situation into the Holiday weekend, as July 1st is also a Canadian holiday, Canada Day.
Turning back to the U.S. market, and the ongoing UPS labor dispute, UPS leadership returned to the bargaining table with Teamsters with an updated counter-offer.
However, ramping tensions on Wednesday, June 28th, have resulted in Teamsters calling for a last, best, and final offer by Friday, June 30th. Teamsters nationwide has authorized a strike this month by 97% should UPS fail to come to terms on a new contract. A strike authorization vote is expected.
We will continue to monitor the situation as negotiations continue. Please reach out to our team if you have any specific questions or concerns.