Brampton(Sep 17,2015)- The Container Trucking Association of Ontario (CTAO) has reached a historic agreement addressing over a decade of exploitation
This unprecedented settlement, which was reached with container trucking CEOS after 9 days of tense and difficult negotiations. includes a dramatic percentage increase in rates for the first time in over a decade and is unprecedented in the North American Container Trucking industry.
This agreement in principle addresses wait times at terminals, and it reflects today’s inflation rates. This was the result of a collective desire to get the drivers back on the road.
“Truckers want to be regulated and classified as skilled work. This is about catching for 10 years of rates not being raised with the rate of inflation, costs of keeping trucks on the road. This is about the truck drivers who play an integral part of the economy and deserve an appropriate income that allows them to raise their families ” Patrick Rhodin, CTAO President
The CTAO represents 800 and growing independent owner operators and drivers who transport inter modal containers from the rail yards of CN and CP and have been involved in a labour dispute since giving advance notice of their intent on September 8, 2015.
Thousands of containers and commodities sat idle with an economic impact in the millions while CTAO members protested united, defiantly and peacefully for low rates, high operating costs, extensive wait-times at rail yards, and unsafe and unhealthy long working hours, which contributed to an untenable situation for drivers, who are an integral part of the industry and our national economy.
Although, the deal does not address all CTAO’s concerns it does dramatically improve the situation by increasing rates, which have not been raised in 10 years. This deal would not have been possible without the collective organization and unity of the CTAO membership and its supporters who CTAO is extremely grateful to.
Discussions were at times contentious; there was a mutual desire to resolve the situation in an amicable and beneficial manner for all those involved.
Today at 1pm the CEOS and CTAO members will meet to discuss and finalize the CTAO’s proposal.