British Columbia government to end port strike
Government to end labor strike over Canada's biggest port with back-to-work legislation
Associated Press
2014-03-20 06:42 AM

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- British Columbia's government is preparing back-to-work legislation to force an end to a strike by container truck drivers at the Port of Vancouver, Canada's biggest port.

The provincial government said in a statement Wednesday that legislation is necessary to protect the economy in British Columbia and around Canada.

The release says that despite a joint 14-point offer made to truckers seven days ago, a strike by drivers has continued.

Federal Transport Minister Lisa Raitt says the disruption at Canada's largest port is having a severe effect on the economy and that she encourages truckers to go back to work.

Better pay and standardized rates that would prevent drivers from undercutting each other are among the issues driving the stalemate.

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