After a brief lockout on Thursday morning in Western Canada ports longshoremen and management representatives announced a settlement of differences to extend their contract after some 14 months of stalemate. The agreement was reached only hours after a management imposed lockout went into effect on Thursday May 30, 2019.
Regular work was supposed to resume with the 4:30 work shift yesterday. There were no details announced about specific terms since the agreement is still subject to a vote by ILWU members.
This short term work stoppage was not expected to result in any vessel diversions and most ships should be able to maintain regularly scheduled West Coast port calls as planned. Thankfully the agreement was reached before any serious damages to cargo interests.