Fri, 01/07/2011 - 05:00 EDT - NPR - National Public Radio (Business News)
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The Port Metro Vancouver has threatened to suspend or terminate the licences of striking container truckers at the country’s busiest port if they did not return to the job immediately.
Rob Silvester, Port Metro Vancouver chief executive, said the port was ready to move ahead with plan put forth by the federal appointed mediator to the dispute, Vince Ready, despite lingering concerns by the truckers.
“The goal is simple, to get Port Metro Vancouver back to full operations,” Mr. Silvester said in a statement late Sunday.
Mercedes-Benz has announced “Future Truck 2025″, a self-driving truck that it expects to be on the streets by that date. I expect sooner and will give my reasons in just a bit.First, please consider Mercedes Is Making a Self-Driving Semi to Change the Future of Shipping by Wired.Com.
Unifor, the country’s largest private sector union, says it will hold a strike vote Saturday that could see its members join hundreds of other truckers who walked off the job at the Port Metro Vancouver Wednesday.
Gavin McGarrigle, Unifor area director for B.C., said he had no doubt the union would get a strike mandate from its members.
“We think it will mean a complete shutdown of the ports in Vancouver,” he said.
American truck fleets seem poised to expand as the economy recovers, but haulers and the big companies that need them say they are still fighting an old battle to raise the maximum amount of weight trucks can carry on American interstate highways from 80,000 pounds to nearly 100,000 pounds.
The collapse of Q1 GDP has been placed squarely on the shoulders of weather (too hot, too cold, and definitely not just right) and the dockworkers strike which shut 29 seaports. As Q1 GDP plunged, so Q2 was lifted hockey-stick-like to keep the growth dream alive but so far in Q2, data has not shown the bounce expected... so we are going to need a bigger excuse.
The Obama administration is attempting to move swiftly to deal with a rash of undocumented immigrant children who have flowed over the U.S.-Mexican border this year, as the situation becomes more dire at a politically sensitive time.
Hundreds of truckers have withdrawn their service at the Port Metro Vancouver Wednesday and say there are in talks with their unionized counterparts about potentially joining their protest, doubling its size at the country’s busiest port.
The United Truckers Association, a non-profit group representing both unionized and non-unionized truck drivers at the port, are leading the work stoppage to protest what they say are long line-ups, wait times, and ‘unfair’ practices at the port.