Further to the previous message, here is the response from the BC Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) to the ILWU notice.

BCMEA Negotiation Update

ILWU Canada Confirms Strike Vote Mandate

Good afternoon,

Earlier today, ILWU Canada communicated it has confirmed a mandate in favour of strike action if needed.

The BCMEA remains committed to bargaining in good faith and seeking a fair and balanced deal that recognizes the expertise of the waterfront workforce, while ensuring West Coast ports remain competitive, resilient and affordable for all Canadians.

Please note the timeline for possible strike or lockout action has not changed from previous communications. The parties cannot acquire the legal right to strike or lockout before June 21, 2023. Further, the BCMEA and ILWU Canada have mutually agreed that no 72-hour strike or lockout notice will be filed before June 21, 2023. The earliest either party can exercise the right to strike or lockout is 12:01am PT June 24, 2023, if at all.

Both parties are continuing to meet with the assistance of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.


Rob MacKay-Dunn
VP, Government & Public Affairs