During the weekend, a group of Canadian trucking companies
overwhelmingly rejected a mediator’s proposal for ending a month-long strike at
the Port of Vancouver.
The approximately 1,000 container truck drivers who are on strike
had overwhelmingly approved the plan.
The mediator’s proposal called for an increase in hauling
rates and would have provided relief from future increases in fuel costs.
A spokesman for the trucking companies said the deal would
have increased costs as much as 85-percent.
Now the companies want the Canadian government to order a
90-day cooling off period. But last week government officials said they could
not intervene because the striking truckers are independent contractors and not
The striking truckers normally handle about 40 percent of
the container cargo that arrives at the port. The Vancouver Board of Trade
estimates the strike is costing British Columbia’s economy $75 million a day.