St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) announces that negotiations with UNIFOR are scheduled for Friday morning, October 27th, as confirmed by Government of Canada’s Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services.
Some 361 workers in Ontario and Quebec began a strike on Sunday at 00.01 am after negotiations failed to meet a union-imposed deadline with Canada’s St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC). The first such work stoppage since 1968 on the bi-national waterway and important supply chain corridor stirred a big cry of alarm not only from Canadian marine industry and business circles but also from U.S. Great Lakes ports urging Canada’s federal government to intervene.
The St. Lawrence Seaway, the maritime trade corridor connecting the Atlantic Ocean to the industrial heartlands of Canada and the United States, could be closed to all traffic as of 00.01 hours on Sunday should the 361 Canadian unionized workers carry through their threatened strike action.
The Canadian government has announced funding of $150 million for the Port of Montreal’s massive Contrecoeur terminal project whose cost has reportedly ballooned from C$950 million to over C$1.4 billion.