ILWU Canada revokes July 22 strike notice

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The International Longshore and Warehouse Union Canada has revoked a 72-hour strike notice that alerted maritime employers of a work stoppage at the country’s British Columbia ports on July 22.

The news, made public on Wednesday evening, follows a turbulent 24-hours for Canada’s West Coast port labor negotiations.

On Tuesday, the union announced it had rejected a tentative agreement that had been proposed by federal mediators, and resumed a strike. By the next morning, though, the Canada Industrial Relations Board ordered the union to cease its work stoppage, and re-issue a 72-hour strike notice.

Earlier on Wednesday, the union obliged, serving the British Columbia Maritime Employers Association with a new notice announcing a strike would begin on July 22 around 9 a.m. PDT.

“The past 24 hours have demonstrated that this continues to be a fluid and unpredictable situation,” the BCMEA said in a statement after the union revoked its strike notice. “We will communicate as appropriate with key stakeholders as we receive clarification.”

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