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Collective Agreements

On behalf of our customer-members, the BCMEA negotiates and administers two Collective Agreements with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Collective Agreement and the Foremen’s Collective Agreement, collectively representing over 6,000 longshore workers in British Columbia.

Negotiations for both agreements began in 2009. The process was long and arduous, but we are proud of the results. The historic agreements delivered significant wage increases for both longshore workers and foremen over 8-year period, ushering in a new era of labour certainty for all waterfront workers.