Friday, July 23, 2010

Longshoremen and Employers Reach Agreement

(The Montreal Gazette)

Montreal's longshoremen and the Maritime Employers Association have come to an agreement to end the lock-out at Montreal's harbour. The city's 900-plus dock workers are expected to return to work on Saturday morning. "It's very good for us and for the people of Montreal and for the businesses," said Daniel Tremblay, president of the longshoremen's union, CUPE Local 375.

The dock workers will vote on the agreement Friday morning, but Tremblay says he is confident the majority will be in favour. The city's longshoremen were locked out on Monday morning after contract negotiations fell through. Container ships had to be re-routed to the United States, causing concerns among business owners about shipment delays.