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20 Journal of Commerce | July 3, 2023 Top Trans-Pacific Carriers and Ports Special Report added that its members are already dealing with the fallout of separate longshore work disruptions at the ports of Seattle and Tacoma. "The continued challenges south of our border, where labor actions at ports on the West Coast have forced the closure of some terminals, dis- rupting supply chains and creating instability and uncertainty, make it even more difficult for Canadian busi- nesses to export or import," CIFFA said in the letter. "It's frustrating that instead of taking advantage of the unreliability of US ports, to the benefit of workers and firms, we are instead imitating them." 'Cooling off' Should union members go ahead with a strike, the soonest it could happen would be June 24, following a 72-hour notice that would be given June 21, the end of the "cooling-off " period mandated by the FMCS. Along with wages, the talks have been centered around plans to build The authorization came one day ahead of scheduled talks on a new col- lective bargaining agreement cover- ing the ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert. Canada's Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) is overseeing the talks. In response, the BCMEA said in a statement June 12 that it "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." The Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFFA) asked the federal govern- ment in a letter to do all it can to avert a work stoppage. CIFFA warned that a disruption at Vancouver, Canada's busiest seaport, could cost more than the estimated C$40 million to C$100 million per week from similar job actions at the smaller Port of Montreal. The group SHIPPERS MOVING GOODS through ports in Western Canada are on high alert after Canada's International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) voted in favor of a strike should the union and maritime employers not come to terms on a new coastwide contract. In a brief bulletin posted on ILWU Canada's website June 12, the union said that more than 99% of its mem- bers that participated in the vote, held June 9-10, supported the poten- tial job action. The British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) said in a separate statement June 12 that ILWU Canada has "con- firmed a mandate in favor of a strike action if needed." ILWU Canada votes to strike if contract talks fail By Michael Angell CIFFA estimates disruption at the Port of Vancouver (pictured) could cost upwards of C$100 million per week. igshot01 / Any means necessary

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