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Truce reached in Montreal port strike

Longshoremen to return to work Sunday

Striking longshoremen at the Port of Montreal plan to return to work Sunday morning, beginning a truce of up to seven months brokered by federal mediators. Federal Labour Minister Filomena Tassi announced Friday that the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 375, Syndicat des debardeurs and the port’s Maritime Employers Association (MEA) have “concluded

Containerized crops may get stuck in Montreal port’s strike

Longshoremen on 'indefinite' strike as of Monday morning

Bulk grain traffic through the Port of Montreal isn’t expected to be affected by a longshoremen’s strike that began Monday morning, but eastbound containerized crops may be among the traffic put on hold. CUPE’s Syndicat des debardeurs Local 375, which represents about 1,150 longshoremen and longshorewomen at the port, served notice Friday that it would


Gas rations lifted at Co-op cardlocks

Manitoba producers have been operating under fuel caps at Co-op cardlocks since early February

Producers will not have to worry about fuel caps the next time they fill up at a Co-op cardlock. Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) has lifted its restrictions on fuel volumes a week after starting to ration fuel at cardlocks in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. The company announced the lifted restrictions Feb. 13. Why it matters:

Several Manitoba farmers who were starting to feel the pinch of shrinking fuel supplies took to social media saying they couldn’t get fuel at all or were topping up tanks in case shortages worsened.

Access resumes at Co-op refinery in wake of gas rationing

Manitoba farmers say rationed fuel, the latest symptom of the labour dispute at the Co-op refinery in Regina, threatened to disrupt farm operations

Manitoba’s brush with fuel shortages, thanks to an ongoing labour dispute, may be at an end. On Feb. 7, Regina police took down blockades put up by locked out refinery employees around the Co-op Refinery Complex, Federated Co-operatives Ltd. announced Friday morning. Trucks were able to access two loading facilities, the company said, and fuel

CN conductors approve post-strike deal

Canadian National Railway’s conductors and yard workers have voted for at least another two and a half years of labour peace with the company. The affected employees, members of the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference, voted 91.3 per cent to ratify a three-year contract with CN, retroactive to last July 23, the union said in a


Labour peace will reign again at Maple Leaf Foods in Brandon after workers have endorsed a new collective agreement.

Maple Leaf reaches deal with plant workers

The pork industry is breathing a sigh of relief now that Maple Leaf Foods is back on an even keel with its workers

Production workers at Maple Leaf Foods in Brandon are celebrating after an eleventh-hour collective agreement with their employer passed muster. The United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 832 branch has been in negotiations with the company since June. The previous contract, which covered 1,900 employees at the Brandon meat-processing plant, expired Dec. 31, 2019.

Maple Leaf workers still waiting on agreement as clock counts down

The collective agreement for workers at Maple Leaf Foods’ Brandon plant is set to expire Dec. 31

The clock is ticking for negotiators to come up with a new collective agreement for workers at Brandon’s Maple Leaf Foods plant. The United Food and Commercial Workers Local 832 has been in negotiations with the company since June. The collective agreement between Maple Leaf Foods and the 1,900 workers represented by the union is

Despite the real upset the CN Rail strike caused for several sectors, the almost immediate calls to end the strike with back-to-work legislation were premature.

Comment: No politician wins in CN strike

Partisan antics at the expense of farmers won’t play well with Canadians

Elected officials took different approaches to handling the Canadian National Railway strike — but none of them come out of it looking good. When roughly 3,200 yard workers and train conductors represented by the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference walked off the job Nov. 19, they did so in protest of safety concerns. They highlighted issues



CN kicks off recovery after eight-day strike

Reuters –– Canadian National Railway on Thursday said it was putting a recovery plan in place while ramping up operations after the country’s biggest rail strike in a decade. The eight-day-long work stoppage at Canada’s largest railroad sent shocks through the country’s economy with grain and propane shipments scuttled. The strike by about 3,200 conductors