The statement said no details of the provisional agreement would be released until union members cast ratification votes. BCMEA President Mike Leonard said the deal was “fair and balanced. It was hard to win by both sides. 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. The filing of this joint dispute resolution communication triggered the following time limit under the Canada Labour Act: the application of the above time limit to a calendar means that the 21st day following the end of the conciliation is Wednesday, May 01, 2019. @PortVancouver pic.twitter.com/2hpbBkwn3o UPDATE: Current 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. However, the parties have agreed to present a common settlement of disputes with the Minister of Labour, who will appoint a mediator for the ongoing debate on the renewal of the contract. This communication was filed on Friday, January 25, 2019. It should be noted that the Minister has a maximum of 15 days to appoint a conciliation mediator. The BCMEA said disruptions at B.C.
ports could have cost the Canadian economy about $5 billion a day.