Last September, the International Longshoremen`s Association (ILA) ratified an agreement with the United States Maritime Alliance (USMX). The six-year contract helps ensure workforce and port service stability at U.S. ports on the East Coast and Gulf of Mexico through 2024. The British Columbia Maritime Employers Association is an association that represents the interests of member companies in labour relations in Vancouver and other British Columbia seaports. Pressure to reach an agreement between the BCMEA and the 6,000-member ILWU intensified after successful negotiations on new collective agreements between Longshore unions and port employers in the United States were successful. To do this, he said, the contract allows for the creation of a new technology committee platform for dockers` and employers` representatives to discuss any new technology or incoming innovation „what it looks like and work together to study the impact and minimize its impact.“ A 96-month extension agreement, which entered into force from 1 April 2010 to 31 March 2018, was concluded in January 2012 during the mediation phase. Duration of negotiations – 26 months. BCMEA is currently comprised of sixty-seven member companies with commercial interests, located on the shores of Vancouver and other British Columbia seaports. BCMEA is the employers` organization of companies employing Longshore employees, themselves represented by the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, to negotiate on their behalf with bcmea. In addition to collective bargaining, BCMEA handles day-to-day matters such as collective agreement management, payroll services, discipline, and recourse and arbitration hearings on behalf of its members. Both parties officially announced on June 25 the ratification of the new collective agreement.
Note: This bargaining unit has a historic relationship with the Longshore Associations, which are covered by a separate agreement between the British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union – Canada. A ratio of 4 to 3 shall be maintained between the rates of pay of boat and wharf workers and those of coastal workers covered by this Agreement. Thus, the wage increases in the foreman agreement were deducted from the wage increases for farm workers concluded in May 2011. The British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) and the International Longshore Workers Union (ILWU) Local 514 have been negotiating since the current collective agreement for Canada`s West Coast expired in March 2018. Conversations are not going well and are broken. UPDATE: Status of negotiations with ILWU Canada Longshore and ILWU Ship and Dock Foremen Local 514. Longshore Negotiations After five (5) consecutive meetings last week and despite all efforts, the main issues between the parties have not been resolved. The parties have, however, agreed to present a common settlement of the disputes with the Minister of Labour, who will now appoint a mediator for the ongoing debate on the renewal of the contract.