Vancouver port lockout ends with tentative deal
VANCOUVER—It lasted only the blink of an eye: B.C.’s flirtation with a nationwide shipping crisis came to an abrupt end Thursday morning with a tentative deal between workers and employers at the province’s ports..
After a flurry of activity that included all-night negotiations and a visit from federal Labour Minister Patty Hajdu on Wednesday, the union representing port workers and the association representing their employers found common ground mid-morning Thursday.
“I’m happy to report that we’re back in business,” Ashton said.
Shortly before 10:30 a.m., port workers packed up their signs and took down union flags that had been erected to start the day. The ports were scheduled to open at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, in time for the evening shift.