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Canada, too, has its labor issues


The Port of Montreal, is a port located in Montreal, Canada’s second largest metropolis, on the St Lawrence river. It is one of the busiest ports on the North American continent, and the largest inland port on Earth. It is also the entry point to other major cities such as Toronto, Detroit and Cleveland.

By Patrick Burnson, Executive Editor
July 21, 2010

The U.S. West Coast is not the only region now dealing with labor/management issues at its major seaports. Eastern Canada, too, has had its problems of late.

Cargo operations at the Port of Montreal has come to a standstill following an injunction by authorities to keep dockworkers off the job.  The dispute between the Maritime Employers Association and its longshore labor force has resulted in suspended freight car movement as well, and container terminals are completely shut down.

At issue, say labor analysts, is the new collective agreement for dockworker’s Job security and revenue guarantees for recent hires.

Meanwhile, the consequences of the struggle are having an immediate impact on all supply chain partners in Quebec. The Ports of Halifax and Norfolk, VA are handling some of the vessel calls, and one wonders if this will mean a shift in deployment strategies for carriers in the future.


About the Author

Patrick Burnson
Executive Editor

Patrick Burnson is executive editor for Logistics Management and Supply Chain Management Review magazines and web sites. Patrick is a widely-published writer and editor who has spent most of his career covering international trade, global logistics, and supply chain management. He lives and works in San Francisco, providing readers with a Pacific Rim perspective on industry trends and forecasts. You can reach him directly at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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