Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Who brings the flowers, who brings the candy?

Those two estranged partners, the ILWU and the BCMEA will gather again just before Valentine's Day, perhaps hopeful that the season of romance will help them put aside whatever differences remain in the way of a settlement of their ongoing dispute.

In an advisory to members issued today, the BCMEA advised that the two sides will meet at ten in the morning with mediators on Thursday, February12 and Friday, February13, leaving west coast ports with at least two more weeks of uncertainty and perhaps more diversions of ships to American ports while the two sides sort out their issues.

The talks have been ongoing since the first few days of January, with the threat of job action always in the back of the mind of shipping and port officials up and down the coast.

The Northern view posted a short story to their website today.

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