VANCOUVER — As recently as Tuesday afternoon, a group of drivers calling themselves the “United Truckers Association” (UTA) are threatening a work stoppage, which would prove crippling to the Port of Vancouver.
According to local reports, the organization informed the port management Monday via email that the work stoppage is a response to what the truckers see as unfair shipping practices.
The stoppage could pull as many as 1,400 trucks out of service. Among the main issues is long wait times at Deltaport.
The organization staged a rally in October to voice their protests and organizers say another will probably happen today.
According to the Delta Optimist newspaper, late last year UTA asked to be guaranteed “a one-hour turn-around time; that they be paid an hourly rate if they have to wait for over an hour; and that the port stop granting temporary trucking licenses.
Port authorities agreed to limit issuing new licenses and also to install a GPS system for better traffic management.