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Strike Two: Vancouver Port Truckers Reject Deal Again

VANCOUVER, BC — Container truckers at Port Metro Vancouver are still striking on Monday after a government and port authority plan to end the job action at Canada's largest port failed to make headway on the weekend.

On Thursday, the port authority, federal and provincial governments revealed a 14-point plan to address the concerns of striking drivers such as wages, long wait times at container facilities and industry oversight. 

But Gavin McGarrigle, BC area director for Unifor, the union that represents about 400 drivers, said it responded to the plan with some questions and was told it would get no answers until truckers returned to work.

Truckers were told by representatives of the port and government to "to take it or leave it," said Manny Dosange, spokesman for the United Trucking Association, which speaks for about 1,000 independent drivers.

"Our members are not prepared to do that," Dosange said in an interview with Reuters

Hundreds of non-union drivers parked their rigs on Feb. 26 in protest over services and pay at the city's port facilities. Unionized workers voted to join the strike just days later and officially walked off the job soon after.

The two-and-a-half week long strike has crippled operations at Port Metro Vancouver's container terminals, slowing the transport of goods such as lumber, wine, construction materials and many more.

For more information on the strike’s development over the past two-and-a-half weeks, see Today’s Trucking’s coverage:

 
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Anonymous

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Now if only American Drivers would strap on a set and man up....But no all they want is to be able to work 24/7...

Anonymous

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right on guys, its about time we all stand together for all our benefits for to long has this been an industry that has been taken advantage of by pitting us against ourselves to the point where we're just turning the tires for the sake of turning the tires, while the companies sit back and profit from our disorganization

L BARCLAY

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tell them gov . to stick it where thesun don't shine and see if they like .it because if u go back they can drag there ass for as long as they like and then stick it to u good luck keep together and mabe we will all gain

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