On Sunday, Oct. 29, the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) announce that it reached an agreement with Unifor, representing 360 unionized employees, to end the strike that began on Oct. 22.
The agreement still needs to be ratified by employees, however the SLSMC will begin to implement a recovery program immediately and will start
passing ships progressively as of Monday, Oct. 30 with the return-to-work of employees at 7 a.m.
“We have in hand an agreement that’s fair for workers and secures a strong and stable future for the Seaway,” said SLSMC President and CEO Terence Bowles. “We know that this strike has not been easy for anyone, and value the patience and cooperation of our marine industry bi-national partners; carriers, shippers, ports, local communities and all those who depend on this vital transportation corridor on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border”.
The tentative agreement covers employees in Ontario and Quebec who work in the supervisory and engineering group, as well as the maintenance, operations, and clerical group.
“I am so proud of the unity of our members along the Seaway as they joined together to secure better wages and working conditions for all,” said Daniel Cloutier, Unifor Quebec Director.
Unifor says a vote will be scheduled in the coming days.