“This is not collective bargaining – it is a diktat, and the ILE will not accept a diktat from Seaspan.” Seaspan stated that it participated in collective bargaining with the Guild and the ILWU in October 2013. The union, which represents smuggler captains and engineers, the western branch of the Canadian Merchant Services Guild, will also hold a strike vote, which guild president Captain Mike Armstrong said would take place on June 4. The union representing Seaspan smugglers voted 100% in favour of a strike in response to Seaspan`s announcement to impose changes to a collective agreement that expired on June 9. The ILWU said the shipping company was trying to “unilaterally enforce” 46 changes to the collective agreement, which expired in September 2013 and seaspan says has been in effect for forty years. The work program updates at the end of each month a list of collective agreements expiring this year, which includes 500 or more employees in provincial courts and 100 or more workers in federal courts. “Under the current collective agreements, which go back 40 years until 1971, Seaspan is no longer competitive.” International Longshore &Warehouse Union Canada Local 400 120 – 111 Victoria Drive Vancouver, BC Tel: 604-251-7174 www.ilwu.ca Learn more about Deckhand`s requirements and training. Whitworth said Seaspan has met with both sides more than 60 times. “This step is necessary for the overall content of Seaspan`s business to progress,” said Jonathan Whitworth, CEO of Seaspan. A spokesman for the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 400 told Business in Vancouver that the next step would be to meet later today with Labour Minister Kellie Leitch.
“We implicitly believe that the BRIC will treat this application in a reasonable manner.” “It`s not just ILWU Local 400 and the Canadian Merchant Service Guild that are under threat if Seaspan brings American tactics in B.C; It`s any other union that could put on the table the same insolent concessions from their employers,” Sinclair said. All our seafarers must be members of their respective unions and all positions are filled through the corresponding union shipping room. Engler described Seaspan`s latest tactic as an “American approach to industrial relations.” “This is a limit that cannot be crossed, and ILWU Local 400 and CMSG will have the full support of the Labour Party.” Canadian Merchant Service Guild Western Branch 218 Blue Mountain Street, Suite 310 Coquitlam, BC V3K 4H2 Email: email@example.com Phone: 604-939-8990 Fax: 604-939-8950 www.cmsg-gmmc.ca “ILWU Local 400 has not gone on strike since its inception in the 1950s, but there is no way our 350 members can allow Seaspan to impose on us a ridiculous contract that he himself wrote, “said Terry Engler, ILWU Local 400 president at Seaspan, who also said the threat is not tainted by prejudice. That means the union could strike as early as Sunday. “On April 30, Seaspan filed an application with the Canada Industrial Relations Board (BRIC) that declared and denounced illegal strike action at the guild and the ILWU, after on April 17, 2014, the appeals were denied,” Whitworth said. . . .