Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Montreal Longshoremen at Country's Second-Largest Port Vote for Strike Mandate

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Montreal Longshoremen at Country's Second-Largest Port Vote for Strike Mandate

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Montreal port workers vote for strike mandate

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MONTREAL - Longshoremen at Canada's second largest port have voted nearly unanimously for a strike mandate in a move that is largely symbolic.

Union spokesman Michel Murray announced Wednesday that members voted 99.49 in favour of giving their union the power to call a work stoppage.

About 600 out of 1,110 members voted on Dec. 16, and gave union leaders a 60-day window to call the strike.

The union is negotiating a new contract, which expired in December, with the Maritime Employers Association, a group that includes ship owners, operators, agents and longshoring companies.

The strike mandate is mostly symbolic, Murray said, because the union and the employers association are in meetings with the Canada Industrial Relations Board until Feb. …

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