VCTA Container Truckers at American Cartage Vote in Favour of Strike Action
March 7, 2011, 2:30 PM EST
Container truck drivers working at American Cartage voted 86 per cent in favour of strike action, if necessary at a meeting held in Surrey, BC on Sunday, March 6, 2011.
The workers are members of the Vancouver Container Truck Association-CAW Local 2006 (VCTA-CAW Local 2006).
"If American Cartage and the other container truck companies don't get serious about a fair agreement, we could end up in a strike position across the board," said Paul Johal, president of VCTA-CAW Local 2006.
Collective agreements at American Cartage and many other container truck companies working out of Vancouver's ports expired on June 30, 2010.
"The Company continues to demand massive concessions while undercutting remains rampant," said Gavin McGarrigle, national representative with the Canadian Auto Workers union (www.caw.ca). "The answer to undercutting isn't to slash wages and have massive instability at the Ports, the answer is for both levels of government to step in and ensure that we have reliable, transparent, and effective enforcement of the minimum rates already in place."
Container truck drivers from VCTA-CAW Local 2006 staged a massive convoy throughout metro Vancouver in late November 2010 to protest the actions of Port Metro Vancouver (PMV) and the failure of the federal and provincial government to step in and fix regulations governing mandatory minimum rates for container moving.
American Cartage (www.americancartage.com) is one of the largest full service container truck companies operating at the Vancouver Ports and at the CN and CP intermodal rail terminals.