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  • Strike Mandate at Port of Montreal Not Unexpected: What Does it Mean?

    As announced in the national press, longshoremen at the Port of Montreal have voted overwhelmingly in favour of giving union leadership a strike mandate. This should not come as a surprise to anyone familiar with the situation – and it does not mean that there will be a strike – or at least not in the immediate future. The negotiation process between the Maritime Employers’ Association (MEA) and the Longshoremen's Union, CUPE Local 375 started on September 18, 2018. The MEA and Longshoremen's Union are presently in mediation and dates have been scheduled in January.

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  • Carriers Issue Low Water Surcharge Notices Again

    Some ocean carriers have issued notices of low water surcharges (LWS) for cargo into/out of the Port of Montreal, reporting that water levels have decreased considerably in the St. Lawrence River, with latest forecasts by the Canadian Coast Guard predicting further reductions.

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