Strike worries Canadian meat producers

by Meat&Poultry Staff
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VANCOUVER, British Columbia – A trucker's strike at the Port of Vancouver has the Canadian meat industry concerned its export customers will go elsewhere for beef and pork products, according to news reports.

More than 1,000 non-unionized container truck drivers established picket lines in February. They were joined by members of Unifor, Canada's largest union in the private sector, in March. Long wait times are costing truck drivers money, and rates agreed to in previous negotiations were being undercut, according to a statement on the Unifor website.

British Columbia Transportation Minister Todd Stone introduced back-to-work legislation aimed at the unionized truck drivers, but the government tabled the order on March 24. The legislation would have imposed fines for workers who defied the order.
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