March 21 deadline for potential strike by Montreal longshoremen

From “Montreal Dockworker Strife Threatens to Slow Cargo Traffic” (Bloomberg):

If a contract is not settled by then, the longshoremen could strike at a port that data show handled 35 million metric tons of goods and commodities in 2020. The Canadian government has asked both sides to work toward an agreement, noting it “is keenly aware of the central role the Port of Montreal plays in movement of goods” to the most populated part of the country.


This latest conflict could be a harbinger of what’s to come at larger U.S. ports next year, as the pandemic hastens the adoption of automation in other workplaces. A three-year contract extension for West Coast longshore workers at 29 U.S. ports will expire next year.

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