Ontario truckers strike continues as drivers protest over wages and wait time

Updated Sep 17, 2015
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The Container Trucking Association of Ontario says companies have not responded to its latest proposal as its members strike for an eighth day.

The organization of owner-operators and drivers has been protesting for higher wages near Mississauga-Brampton intermodal terminals. Over the past decade, costs and wait times have increased, but wages have not.

The CTAO said it had not received feedback to changes made in the second proposal introduced since the strike began. “Both parties could not reach an understanding on some minor issues” contained in the Sept. 13 plan, the association stated.

On Sept. 4, the group announced it would strike after only a handful of carriers attended two earlier meetings held to discuss wages. It also met with Ontario’s transportation minister Sept. 8, the day the strike began.

On the fourth day of the strike, CTAO announced it was suspending negotiations with companies until it received a second proposal after members overwhelmingly rejected the first one and association membership increased.

Unifor National Council 4000, which includes 890 owner-operators for Canadian National Railway, has announced it supports the CTAO strike.