July 7, 2024 | Circular No. 11683

Dear Member,

Further to yesterday’s CL regarding the 72-hour strike strike notice issued by  ILWU Local 514 against DP World (which could commence as of July 8 at 4:30 PM Pacific), the BCMEA responded yesterday evening by issuing a NOTICE announcing the following:

  • The BCMEA has requested urgent intervention by the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) to declare the proposed strike notice as contrary to the Canada Labour Code.  The CIRB has scheduled a case management meeting to consider this request later this morning.  Should interim relief be granted, the ILWU’s strike action will be prevented.
  • At the same time, the BCMEA is also taking defensive action in the event the CIRB does not grant interim relief, by issuing a lock-out notice to all ILWU Local 514 members, which would commence on July 9, 2024 at 4:30 PM Pacific.
  • This would be a coastwise lockout that would shut down all cargo operations of BCMEA member companies across British Columbia (although it would not affect cruise operations or interrupt longshoring operations on grain vessels).

We will be monitoring developments regarding this rapidly evolving situation throughout the day, and will provide updates as additional information becomes available.  We will also be participating in a meeting with the National Supply Chain Office tomorrow morning to share information on the potential impacts of the above-noted developments.

Sincerely,

Karen Kancens
Vice President